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Survey finds compliance a major challenge for one in four Australian fleet managers

A survey released by MiX Telematics has highlighted a disconnect between the attitudes and actions of Australian fleet managers when it comes to ensuring the safety of drivers on the road.

The nationwide survey of more than 200 fleet managers across Australia revealed that while almost one in four respondents (24 per cent) identified compliance as a major challenge when protecting their drivers on the road, more than one in five (21 per cent) still do not analyse their driver behaviour.

The survey also found that only one in eight (12 per cent) examine driver behaviour following an incident or crash, and three per cent have no form of monitoring in place.

“Monitoring data is important, but analysis needs to go hand-in-hand with it and action taken accordingly,” said MiX Telematics – Middle East and Asia, Brodie von Berg. “Nearly 80 per cent of participants said that they already do this, while five per cent said that they are looking to start so in future. With this in mind, it is safe to say that the telematics industry is rapidly growing and will soon be an integral part of any fleet manager’s plan.”

According to MiX Telematics, ensuring compliance through monitoring and analysis as standard practice, not only post-event, is essential from a regulatory and liability perspective, but also to avoid the onerous costs associated with non-compliance. These costs go well beyond fines and penalties, to include the human cost of injury or even death, loss of and damage to vehicles, and reduced productivity and efficiency.

The Industry Standards Australia’s Transport and Logistics Skills Forecast 2017 found the majority (87 per cent) of transport and logistics employers suffer a skills shortage, and the industry has named compliance, driving and Workplace Health and Safety as its highest priority over the next five years.

MiX Telematics has re-iterated that this makes not only training, but ongoing monitoring and analysis of drivers, key to managing safety and compliance with road safety laws.

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