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Parking and reversing account for almost one in 10 serious van accidents, according to an investigation by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Figures from the Department for Transport* show there were 1,350 parking and reversing van accidents involving light commercial vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tonnes in 2016 that resulted in deaths or serious and slight injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians or cyclists. Far more parking and reversing incidents also occur which do not have a direct ‘human’ impact – but which will inevitably affect fleet and business operations.

The figures show how problematic parking and reversing can be for commercial vehicle drivers, especially those who spend a lot of time negotiating tight spaces. As well as causing injuries, these accidents force vans off the road and into Van Centres for repairs. Downtime costs fleets an average of £550 a day per van.

Vehicle technology is evolving rapidly, and there is an increasing number of systems available that aim to improve vehicle and driver safety. Parking cameras and sensors can reduce the chance or severity of accidents.

Using technology to improve fleet safety’ also provides essential information that can assist managers to reduce their road risk for drivers. Telematics has a crucial role to play when it comes to protecting fleet drivers as it helps to improve safety levels and reduce risk, both of which are paramount when it comes to operating fleets.

A new study into drivers working as part of the “gig economy” has laid bare the importance of businesses treating the management of occupational road risk as a mainstream health and safety work issue, says RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).

The research by University College London revealed that 63 per cent of self-employed couriers or taxi drivers surveyed are not provided with safety training on managing risks on the road, while 65 per cent are not given any safety equipment.

The findings highlight mobile phones and apps, and time pressures as being among those issues which could cause an incident.

An estimated 25 to 33 per cent of road casualties are work-related, and in 2016 work-related crashes resulted in 529 deaths and 5,269 serious injuries, showing the vital importance of businesses providing their drivers with the proper training and resources.

To manage occupational road risk, My Fleet Solutions offers Tele-gence. An easy to use fully featured vehicle management solution, that puts you in control.

With Tele-gence vehicle tracking and telematics device, you can advise drivers towards the best and shortest routes, which is provided by the GPS tracking system. Satisfy your customers by informing on delivery status. The small device can be hidden and can help keep track if the vehicle is stolen. As well as tracking and reporting, the GPS system logs relevant driver information, so you can keep in communication, and know when there’s been an incident. Tele-gence can save you money when it comes to insuring your fleet.

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Tracking the best telematics deal

Traditionally, there was no idea what went on outside the office walls when employees drove off the lot. As a small business owner, there was no concrete or accurate way to measure job performance and accountability. There was no way to verify a driver’s location at any given time. Nor could owners ensure that employees only used vehicles for authorised uses.

Telematics has introduced a new way to save money, keep your customers happy, lift employee productivity and protect your assets.

The added benefits of all this transparency are that any insurance firms now offer discounts to companies if they use tracking equipment to prove that they drive safely, so you could save a small fortune in premiums.

Your company is also delivering on environmental care, cutting down on CO2 emissions, because the GPS unit can help suggest services that are nearer, and more importantly, provide the quickest route.

However, while telematics continues to transform the world of logistics, as each device becomes more and more sophisticated, there is now a universe of vehicle tracking solutions on offer. Which one is the right one?

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Which telematic solution is right?

My Fleet Solutions can negotiate better terms on telematics solutions, and find you the right device and supplier for your business. Think of us as your outsourced procurement team. We can source the best price to suit your budget, from the hundreds of suppliers across the UK, saving you the hassle and time too. This service is 100% free and there is no obligation.

Simply register your details to become a member and the process is simple. After a few comprehensive questions, just to clarify your requirements. Specifically, what types of information and data are important to your operations. We will get the best candidates in front of you. They will then compete and bid for your business. Isn’t that great?

To help you track the best telematics suppliers visit www.mybusinessadvantage.co.uk

Fuel Card Services is the parent company of My Fleet Solutions, which is part of The DCC business, an FTSE 100 company, giving clients the confidence of dealing with an innovative market leader backed by the credibility of a large, well-established corporate.

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Help with all your vehicle needs

Making sure you are not paying over the odds for vehicle management is the aim of the team at My Fleet Solutions. Our years of experience and industry knowledge, means that we can save you time, hassle and unnecessary expense through our extensive contacts and industry knowledge.

From the fuel you put in the car, to service and fixing the vehicle, My Fleet Solutions has the right answer to fit your vehicle management needs. The maintenance support doesn’t end there, we can take care of sourcing the right vehicle insurance, telematics system and the most comprehensive accident management support in the industry. If your vehicles need it, the answer is at My Fleet Solutions.

Saving on My Fleet Fuel

Our Fuel Card Services offers fuel discounts and the ability to make significant management savings. You benefit from fixed weekly pricing, which is a considerable weight taken off both your drivers and accounts department, giving you full control of fuel costs.

Keeping track on My Fleet’s journey

Did you know that using telematics improves safety, efficiency and saves you money on your fleet? We offer our own telematics servce, Tele-Gence, an even better fleet solution, integrating fuel card data with telematics. Having access to fuel card data and live tracking data enables in-depth reporting on fuel fraud, pump pricing, driver behaviour, vehicle tracking and much more, giving you a solution geared to your exact fleet requirements.

Servicing on My Fleet’s Maintenance

Keeping cars, vans and business vehicles on the road is expensive, there’s no getting away from it. Let us source you the very best deals on servicing and maintenance for all makes and models. We have two fleet options a mechanic that will drive to you, Click Mechanic or dealers that will welcome your fleet breaks down wherever in the country, Auto Serve. With both our contacts you get honest work and because of our partnership, My Fleet Solutions takes the sting out of your automotive costs,

Covering My Fleet’s Insurance

Our team at FCS Insurance Solutions specialise in commercial vehicle and business insurance, so whether you require cover for one vehicle or have a fleet of vehicles, need goods in transit cover or employers’ liability, one of our members can help achieve the best deal for you.

Accident Managing My Fleet

Let our accident management experts, Amber Claims Management, guide you through all your options in the event of an accident involving any insurance claim be it your drivers fault or a non-fault claim. Stay on top of smart repairs or accident damage with expert assistance on which body shop is the most appropriate and pay fleet rates for repairs.

So, if you’re looking for the best deals for your fleet, and a stress free working day, there is only one place to find everything: My Fleet Solutions.