Monitoring speed has become an increasingly important issue that affects transport operations around Australia. Inappropriate speed remains the major cause of severe accidents, yet proactive speed management remains a contentious issue.
For owner-drivers through to multi-fleet national operators today, there are many proactive mechanisms to measure and effectively monitor speed in real-time. However, reactive approaches are predominately practiced. Typically, reactive management techniques such as fines, demerit points and other workplace penalties have proven to be ineffective in altering driver behaviour towards speed.
Did you know? According to NTARC (National Truck Accident Research Centre), 27% of major heavy vehicle accidents were due to inappropriate speeds.This has increased by 2% over a 2-year period. Approximately 24% of these accidents occurred on a Monday.
Assisting in the modification of driver and organisational behaviour towards speed is vital, especially when considering each persons role toward the Chain of Responsibility (CoR). The CoR no longer holds the driver solely responsible for unsafe driving habits.
How can an operator best prepare their staff and drivers with an effective speed management regime?
The future of speed monitoring is advancing to a proactive approach. This has been seen to improve driving habits for the better, with positive reinforcement and incentive to continue to do so. A vast reduction of speed violations is realised throughout operations almost instantly.
Techniques for a modern speed management regime
Proactive speed management produces positive and effective real-time results. It can help tackle speed as events occur, not after-the-fact. GPS technology and speed monitoring applications can help the driver to instantly alter their behaviour on the road, whilst the back-office can monitor events and performance to take appropriate steps to assist the driver.
Further education and ongoing training programs are proven methods of support to help drivers understand the importance of maintaining appropriate speeds whilst building a positive relationship.
Providing a safe and secure environment for the driver to submit feedback can form trust and reinforce a positive relationship. Operators can validate what techniques have and have not worked on a regular basis. This ‘Room for Improvement’ approach allows management to partner with drivers to devise effective speed monitoring plans into the future.
A good speed management plan proves to enforcement that a well-practiced and forward-thinking operation is conducted. These plans protect drivers, operators and the general public from the possibilities of dangerous situations that could have been avoided.
Involving the driver in the process of developing a speed management plan builds on and improves driver buy-in to more modern techniques. These modern approaches to speed monitoring utilise technology to provide instant feedback to the driver and the operator via immediate alerting and advanced reporting.
The technology to augment a well-practiced plan
SpeedAssist provides immediate audio and visual feedback on current driving habits, allowing for preventative action to be taken instantly. The application is designed to help motivate and improve a driver’s on-road behaviour over time. SpeedAssist allows the operator to set individual thresholds in order to allow for corporate limits that cannot be overwritten.
Immediate speed alerting and reporting is available to the back-office via NextGen. It provides a new window of opportunity to tackle speed violations that were previously unattainable through real-time alerts and advanced reporting.
Driver behaviour through vehicle performance
Beyond SpeedAssist and its speed monitoring capabilities is Transtech’s Vehicle Performance Monitoring (VPM). This solution gives operators the ability to track driver behaviour and performance through advanced reporting on idle times, excessive acceleration, over-revving, harsh braking and fuel use. It can help identify poor driving behaviour patterns and provide incentive to improve.
Both SpeedAssist and VPM provide an operator with a strong methodology to manage speed and driver behaviour. When combined with an effective plan, the solutions can provide an effective way to identify and assist in correcting or rewarding positive driver behaviour.
Operators require the best possible solution to remain compliant and fulfil obligations to the Chain of Responsibility. Poor management of speed violations in todays transport operations can have negative consequences – there are no more excuses. Proactive management and technology utilised to its full potential can help drivers and back-office staff to build better and more effective work practices.
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Transtech’s solutions provide smarter information, converting insights on speeding violations into positive and reaffirming actions. Operators can translate these insights into action. Don’t see the problems – see the opportunities.
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