Fleet telematics trial to improve driver safety and skills

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Driver telematics

New devices have been installed on Thames Water vehicles as part of a trial to improve driving skills and road safety, and reduce carbon emissions.

  

The new technology is an enhancement on the current telematics (AVL) system and provides real-time information and feedback to drivers using a simple traffic light indicator mounted on the dashboard.

 

There are currently around 40 vehicles across the business with a telematics device fitted, helping the drivers understand how they drive and how their driving style can be improved – ultimately helping them to be safer on the road.

 

Thames Water fleet manager, Michelle Nasr, said: “Installing this new system will help keep our drivers safer on the roads, as well as helping to reduce our fuel usage and carbon emissions.

 

“We will look to address the feedback from the drivers who are trialling the system before we start rolling out to all vehicles and plant across the business in the coming months.”

 

Health and Safety Executive research shows 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured each week in traffic incidents involving someone driving for business reasons.