Imagine having complete, up-to-the-minute knowledge of your fleet operations - information that puts you straight in the ‘driver’s seat’ so to speak.
You could instantly see whether there are enough vehicles dispatched, allowing you to resource accordingly. You’d see the red flags of impending accidents. And you'd have detailed reporting to ensure your drivers are hitting benchmarks. These are just some of the ways that accurate, real-time fleet data can make your job so much easier.
The ‘dream’ mobile workforce is a well-oiled machine that always runs smoothly. Of course, that’s almost never the case.
Accidents are a reality, and the fallout is all too familiar: middle-of-the-night awakenings, worries about possible employee injuries, third party insurance claims, a mountain of admin work and major costs from vehicle downtime.
There’s never enough time in a day to address all the problems that can happen with a mobile workforce. In fact, fleet accidents can happen late at night, long after you’ve left the office.
That’s why a solid accident management plan is extremely important to have in place. When the hassles of fleet crashes arise, it can seem nearly impossible to handle the fallout on your own, while keeping your company out of legal and financial entanglements.
If life were perfect, your mobile workforce would always be in top form. Accidents would never occur. You’d be able to keep your employees safe and you'd never face the middle-of-the-night stress and worry of costly incidents and the admin that comes with it.
Complying with health and safety rules should be top of mind when you have a fleet to supervise. With the responsibility of keeping your drivers safe, you are likely imagining every way possible to reduce road accidents.
When you're in charge of a mobile workforce, you're responsible for your workers’ health and safety under all circumstances, including bad weather. Winters mean more rainy days and wetter roads, which present many unique hazards to your fleet.
As you're sure to be aware, fleet accidents can happen any time of the day or night. Chances are you've been woken up in the middle of the night to handle an accident and get it sorted. Is it time to look for an alternative solution to fleet accident management? One that takes care of all the admin, stress and interruptions that handling an accident can bring?
Working for a small business, it might seem possible to handle all the administrative tasks that comes with an in-house fleet. The work seems relatively uncomplicated as there are just a few drivers and vehicles to keep tabs on.
Fleet risk can arise at any time. And, while you can sometimes handle it with few complications, some fleet vulnerabilities can quickly lead to legal issues.
As a PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) under the Health and Safety Work Act, you’re responsible for a number of situations that can leave your fleet liable, all of which threaten health and safety (H&S) compliance and can lead to major costs. For example, failure to keep workers from using dangerously defective vehicles could lead to a maximum fine of $300,000.
You might be confident in your fleet employees. They might be perfectly capable drivers, with seemingly no issues handling themselves and their vehicles on the road.
But when you’re faced with constant downtime, rising insurance premiums, and a ballooning budget for vehicle repair and maintenance, something needs to change. What is the right course of action? It may simply be driver training.