Call for telematics devices in fleet vehicles to make roads safer
Posted: December 11, 2012
Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents
A recent survey has found that 66% of respondents would feel safer on the road if fleet vehicles, vehicles that are driven for business purposes, were fitted with telematics devices to monitor their driver’s behaviour.
A telematics device allows the quality of driving in terms of safety and speed to be monitored. Business insurance specialist, QBE, which carried out the survey, fully supports the use of this technology by the professional driving community. They believe that its introduction will lead to fewer road traffic accidents and safer roads, and ultimately more affordable insurance premiums for operators of professional motor fleets.
The survey also found that older respondents were far more likely to favour the widespread use of telematics in fleets with nearly three quarters (74%) of over 55s saying they were in favour compared to 58% of under 35s.
One of the survey’s most striking aspects is that on average 17% of respondents, rising to 20% amongst under 35s, did not express a preference, suggesting that insurers have a an important role to play in effectively educating road users about the safety benefits these devices can bring.
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