Are our roads safe?
Nikhil Pereira says FM companies should look into installing fleet management softwares to aid safety on roads and efficiencies
In the words of Alan K. Millin, ‘ride-on cleaning machine operators are often overcome with the thought of being Formula 1 drivers’, and move around with their machines as if they were wooing an F1 driver scout in disguise.
Similarly, it’s not an uncommon site for us to see drivers piloting mini- or heavy-busses in a dangerous manner on open roads. It’s common to see them change lanes without proper indication, whereas sudden swerving and braking; and acceleration are all poor habits that drivers often engage in.
On several occasions I have contemplated on ringing the number that’s pasted on staff transport busses and heavy vehicles. ‘Am I driving safely?’ Well, no, you clearly are not.
In my opinion, this is where companies need to ensure its drivers are not putting the lives of several motorists, not to mention the human resource on board, in severe danger.
Businesses need to play a part in Dubai Police’s goal of achieving ‘zero road deaths by 2020’. The onus lies on fleet operators both run by third party companies and in-house operations.
A tangible solution is presented in the form of fleet management softwares (FMS). Today quite a few service providers are present in the market to choose from.
FMS systems are capable of capturing and reporting irrational driver behaviour, in addition to tracking the vehicle and its speed.
These systems are quite advanced, thanks to the sophistication and extensive use of sensors, which allows them to detect sudden braking and acceleration and high-speed cornering.
What’s more is that these systems are real-time, and relay feedback to a remote control centre allowing an officer to intervene instantly.
If they aren’t already, FMS systems should be mandatory, especially when third-party service providers are bidding for transportation contracts.