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Teletrac Navman takes steps to help transform fatigue in the trucking industry

In April this year, the transport industry gathered at FatigueHACK, the Australian Trucking Association’s first ever fatigue-related hackathon. Sponsored by Teletrac Navman, it delivered some surprising insights, as interested parties workshopped and then pitched solutions to better manage driver fatigue.

These insights have informed Teletrac Navman’s plans for Sentinel, its electronic work diary solution, which it will submit to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) following the announcement that it will accept applications from May 28.

“Two big takeaways from the hackathon were that work diaries are just one piece of the puzzle in understanding fatigue by tracking work hours and secondly, the driver should be able to determine his or her own state of fatigue”, Andrew Rossington, Vice President – Transport Solutions at Teletrac Navman and judge at FatigueHACK says.

“Hearing from people outside the transport industry revealed that we also need to use technology and health and social initiatives to tackle the physical and mental side of fatigue, not just in terms of compliance. We’re passionate about producing an EWD that also offers a full telematics solution along with other value-added services such as driver navigation to give businesses the full picture of driver safety.”

Teletrac Navman is excited to be a part of this positive step forward for the industry, planning to have Sentinel become one of the first solutions to be considered an approved EWD option. The solution was initially developed over ten years ago, and has already been deployed across thousands of drivers and subcontractors around Australia.

“Safety has always been one of our top priorities and with the new legislation expected to make EWDs an alternative to traditional work diaries, Teletrac Navman is ready with an approved offering for our customers,” says Rossington. “Our goal is to continue leveraging our strong integration with freight management systems for better scheduling and timesheeting, and providing further value such as guiding drivers to nearby available rest stops through GPS data”.

Sentinel is currently used by many Teletrac Navman customers, including Hornby Transport. “While our drivers are skilled and responsible, the excessive amount of time spent behind the wheel creates risk. Certifying driver compliance with fatigue management policies and keeping them safe are equally important, so having Sentinel in our fleet is essential for achieving both”, Adam Hornby, Managing Director, Hornby Transport says.

With 20 per cent of fatal road accidents involving driver fatigue, it’s an issue that has long plagued the transport industry. Teletrac Navman aims to deliver a new approach to tackling this challenge, powered by real driver feedback, an ecosystem of other safety solutions and an easy-to-use system - helping businesses create a safer, more trustworthy and more compliant fleet.

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