New data fields are having to be added to fleet software covering areas such as classification of driving licences, suitability of drivers, age, experience, number of accidents, penalty points and pending points, and training undertaken.
Jason Francis, managing director, of market fleet software specialist cfc solutions, explains: “Specialist software helps fleets create a sensible and easily used management framework for their risk management policies, and so we have been heavily involved with a number of these exercises during recent months.
“What has surprised us is just how much additional data the health and safety information is creating. For some fleets that previously only stored basic details about their vehicles and drivers, it is doubling the number of fields on their system.”
However, Francis adds that once many of these new fields were in place, they did not require updating frequently, so there was no corresponding doubling of fleet workload.
“The fields recording age and licence type, for example, are hardly ever touched once they are in place but could be key elements in allowing managers to identify trends that can be used to take management action and reduce accidents,” says Francis.