News Roundup - November
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The Fleet Industry Advisory Group (FIAG) has published its second white paper called “Telematics Explained”. FIAG which is dedicated to developing and sharing best practice amongst fleet decision makers also held its second workshop focusing on fleet use of innovative new technology, claiming that telematics is “revolutionising the way in which companies run their vehicles and employees drive them”. The white paper includes studies on four businesses that have introduced telematics into their fleet operations and the benefits this has brought them.
Northamptonshire Police have reported how the force has benefited from using in car technology across its fleet of police vehicles since initial installation a year ago. The Northamptonshire force has saved a massive £238,000 in fuel and accident costs alone in the past year, an important consideration when the force is committed to saving £23 million over five years. This sort of technology will enable the force to provide a full service despite having a reduced budget.
The risks faced by lone workers were once more highlighted with reports of a “calculated and ruthless” armed robber who has been jailed for 14 years. 50 year old Michael Ebank targeted small businesses and lone workers in central and south London, including a toy shop and a hosiery store. The victims were usually lone female workers who were away from any panic alarm buttons during the robberies. With a growing army of lone workers in the UK, personal safety is becoming more of an issue for many businesses.
There is news in that London’s learner drivers are finding it difficult to pass their driving tests, with only 39% passing the first time and 10% needing four attempts. According to a Green Flag survey only 35% of Londoners learn with a formal driving school, with most parents opting to teach their youngsters themselves, topped up by a few formal lessons before the test. With much tougher road conditions nowadays and computerised Theory and Hazard Perception tests included, passing the driving test is quite a challenge and many city dwellers tend to find public transport more convenient.
The AA has revealed that an increasing number of drivers are “greening up” their travel methods in an effort to save both the world and some cash. Drivers are concerned about the financial cost of using a car and lower running costs top the wish list when drivers are considering buying a new vehicle. Smart driving techniques lower running costs even more so it’s essential that the message of eco-driving is spread far and wide.