Linehaul carrier, Hi-Trans Express, has confirmed it will install the latest Guardian fatigue management technology from Seeing Machines across its entire fleet.
This follows a six week trial in which 13 trucks were used as a test bed for the South Australian-based fleet which recently added ten new Euro 6 rated Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658s.
The prime movers will carry palletised express and general freight between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne according to Hi-Trans Express Managing Director Tony Mellick.
"The trial demonstrated, without doubt, this technology will save lives and improve the health and wellbeing of our drivers," he said.
In an online statement Hi-Trans Express said the investment was tangible proof of the company's ongoing commitment to providing the best possible work environment for its drivers.
As part of its renewed commitment to technology, the National Operations Centre in Adelaide will receive real-time information from its 30 commercial vehicles to manage fatigue and distraction events to prevent incidents across its expanding fleet.
Since March the company had committed significant capital investment towards the new Mercedes Actros Euro 6 prime movers and the Guardian technology by Seeing Machines.
The decision followed tragic events involving a truck and four police recently in Melbourne in which all four officers lost their lives.
"As a leader in our industry, we will not compromise investing in the latest technology that provides the best opportunity to ensure a safe workplace for our drivers, confidence to our customers that we are exceeding expectations in our safety culture, and most importantly ensuring a proactive real-time management process to avoid any incident that we can," said Mellick.
Last week JD Refrigerated Transport announced it was, as part of the Queensland Transport Association's Eyes on Fatigue program, the latest fleet to evaluate the Guardian technology with the intention of rolling it out across the majority of its mobile commercial assets.
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