Who decides when and why a fleet driver becomes ‘high risk’?”

Many fleet managers have a gut feeling about who their worst drivers are but in truth, the reasoning behind that feeling can often be subjective and anecdotal, sometimes it is arrived at through personal experience but rarely is it based on incontrovertible empirical risk management evidence?

The reason is because it is actually quite difficult to ensure that the correct drivers are selected for the correct reasons and that the correct remedial action is applied because in all organisations there are forces in play that can often prevent accuracy and fair play.

So, the questions to ask in order to get this right should include:

  • Who’s doing the measuring of driver risk or is it system driven?
  • What set of measures are being used?
  • Are the measures of risk consistently applied?
  • Who judges the severity of the discovered risk?
  • How often is the measuring of risk carried out?
  • How accurate are the results?
  • What external influences are applied to the results?
  • Who decides (and how quickly) what to do about the results?
  • Who measures the success of any remedial action taken?

In addition to these questions, a fleet must rely on the broadest set of measures before investing in driver training because multi-source inputs to decision-making will demonstrate patterns, confirm or deny any subjective thoughts and remove any objections from the driver.

Please contact us now if you’d like to know more about how best to identify and reduce high risk driving.

At RVM our integrated approach allows us to help fleets to implement effective safety policies, analyse trends and identify high risk drivers. Our Driver Training program is targeted, timely and appropriate. The result is lower accident rates, improved driver safety, and reduced costs

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