In September 2019, SambaSafety and one of its partners, Fleet Response, conducted a case study with a mutual client, STERIS, on the benefits of continuous driver monitoring. The following 8 key benefits surfaced.
8 key benefits of MVR monitoring:
1) Risk mitigation and brand protection:
Faster identification of drivers who require some form of safety intervention protects against accidents that can be harmful to the company brand. When combined with documented interventions, it also strengthens the legal defense when accidents do occur.
2) Reduced workload:
Continuous monitoring reduces the seasonality of annual or bi-annual sweeps – spreading the process throughout the year and potentially cutting the total number of records that need to be handled by staff.
3) Increased automation of safety programs:
Fleet Response was a pioneer in automating fleet safety programs by using its claims process to trigger intervention after a driver has had an accident. MVR monitoring allows automated interventions for risk factors even when they don’t result in an accident.
4) Safer driving:
SambaSafety’s Director of Solutions Engineering Tom Gillogly says that simply knowing their records are being continuously monitored can make drivers safer. “We find in cohort studies that there’s a 22 percent reduction in monthly violations, on average, for drivers who are enrolled in monitoring,” he says. “We know it can impact people’s behavior in actions that are highly correlated to accidents.”
5) More meaningful training:
Earlier notification about changes on an individual’s MVR allows coaching and training to take place closer in time to a citation or other event.
6) Identifying those who shouldn’t be driving:
Whether it’s because of a suspended license, a serious moving violation or a series of repeated behaviors, MVR monitoring helps to identify people who simply shouldn’t be driving under the company umbrella.
7) Improved support for employees:
The faster employees can be notified of problems with their driving records, the faster they can take responsibility for making necessary changes. In some cases – a license suspended for non-payment of parking tickets, for example – the employee may not even be aware of the problem. The ability to identify it quickly can help them remain effective in their work.
8) Financial savings:
Depending on a company’s current practices, MVR monitoring may cost more than an annual sweep. For Bob Mossing, Senior Manager of Fleet Administration at STERIS, however, its most measurable benefit is the financial savings from high-risk driver training. “I don’t have to look any farther than that to justify it,” Mossing says. “With respect to the workload in my department, I just know we get a lot of relief from it, and that’s good.”
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