A Commitment to Safer Roads with Geotab Proactive Fleet Safety Technology

Fleet Safety Technology

AARTO

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act will be deployed in four phases as from July 1, 2021. Whilst the demerit system is expected to come online in the fourth phase, starting 1 July 2022.

Transport companies can implement a phased approach to safer driving behaviour in compliance with the AARTO legislation. Driver monitoring systems and coaching programmes can be utilized for influencing responsible road user behaviour.

Fleet owners must ensure that staff who are required to drive are not exposed to risk from poor driving behaviour. Businesses should have a plan to manage AARTO, including introducing driving standards for reaching safety goals and simultaneously committing to safer roads. Read the AARTO summary here.

Managing Fleet and Driver Safety Using Geotab Telematics Technology

Telematics technology is imperative in creating a safe driving culture for fleets. Implementing a safe driving culture results in many direct and indirect benefits for fleets. It is more than reducing accidents or eliminating the potential for vehicle damage.

The Geotab telematics solution makes it simple to monitor speeding activities, set rules, and then track progress towards safer driving goals by promoting safe driving habits. Watch how Geotab Telematics Technology assists in the management of fleet and driver safety. Fleet operators can take advantage of the following MyGeotab system features:

1. Implementing Exception Rules and Notifications

An advanced MyGeotab feature is the extensive list of fleet management rules provided for fleets. Exception rules can be set to monitor unsafe driving behaviours. If a driver violates a rule, the Geotab system records the event and triggers a notification to selected recipients and provides a report of rules broken. The rules can be further customised to meet the critical requirements of businesses and fleets.

2. Reviewing Dashboard and Gauges

The Geotab solution is designed to monitor vehicle health among the vehicle data collected. Businesses can easily avoid costly repairs or vehicle down-time by proactively managing engine fault data within the MyGeotab platform. Learn how to view engine faults in MyGeotab.

3. Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR)

DVIR is a formal record of vehicle inspections completed by drivers to ensure operational of a vehicle. Pre-trip and post-trip inspections are essential to ensure vehicle’s lights, brakes and tires are in good working condition.

4. Driver identification

Fleet vehicles are often used by multiple drivers, it is critical to fleet operations to be able to assign a trip to a specific driver.  Driver identification allows fleet managers to audit vehicle data around the usage and operation of assets. Read more on driver identification.

5. In-vehicle Driver Coaching in Real-time

The Geotab GO Talk is a hardware add-on the allows in-cab driver coaching via spoken word alerts. If a driver breaks a set company safety rule, the GO Talk will instantly describe the incident for the driver to correct the behaviour.

6. Risk and Safety Reporting

Geotab provides users with comprehensive safety reports. Three top safety reports to keep your team safer include:

  • Maintenance Reminders Report – This report allows fleet managers to stay updated on vehicle maintenance. Fleet planning and asset utilization scheduling is key in minimising downtime and maintaining operational efficiency.
  • Safety Scorecard – This report assesses key driving behaviours and identifies which drivers need coaching in which areas.
  • Watchdog Report – This report allows for identification of possible connectivity issues. Telematics devices are tested daily to ensure communication and accurate recording of trips.

View examples of risk and safety reporting here.

7. Curb Distracted Driving

Distracted driving goes beyond drivers using their mobile phones. It encompasses any action that takes the driver’s eyes off the road. There are four types of distracted driving:

  • Manual: Taking your hands off the wheel.
  • Visual: Taking your eyes off the road.
  • Cognitive/Mental: Thinking about something else while driving.
  • Auditory: Being distracted by noise from a ringing phone or conversation.

Video Telematics

Fleets have evolved from normal dash cameras to video telematics. A key differentiator of video telematics is the ability to identify and modify risky driving behaviour. Machine Vision and Artificial Intelligence technology monitors for seatbelt wearing, eating, smoking and mobile device usage events. Fleet video telematics combines vehicle data and driving data to provide a holistic view of an incident. The footage is transmitted in real-time over a cellular network. With numerous partner integrations, video telematics data is available in MyGeotab to users of the platform.

For more information on Geotab safety solutions, watch our Safety Webinar.

Author: The Geotab Africa Team

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