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The Truth About Mobile Phone Risk

A fine for you and your employee is just the tip of the iceberg. For liability purposes, the mobile phone in the hand of your driver is your responsibility, your risk, and your bottom line. At £25,000 per crash, £150,000 per injury, £3,600,000 per fatality – this is a risk you can’t afford.

Studies show that drivers are 23 times more likely to be in a crash if they are texting or emailing while driving. Already 53% of trucking companies admit to vehicle crashes as a result of distractions stemming from employee use of mobile phones while driving.

Mobile phone policy solutions for different types of trucking fleets.

For trucking fleets equipped with in-vehicle tracking systems, DriveCommander Telematics or DriveCommander Vision can integrate telematics data to accurately enforce mobile phone use policies when employees are driving.

Data doesn’t lie, and carrier billing records provide a clear and empirical record of how and when truckers use their phones while driving – feature phones, smart phones, any phone. DriveCommander Vision collects this data (call detail and SMS detail) with appropriate permissions and in accordance with privacy laws and combines it with vehicle telematics data to produce clear and actionable reports that measure employee use of phones while driving. With Vision data in hand, fleet operators are now empowered to promote safe, legal and responsible use of mobile phones while driving.

For trucking fleets without in-vehicle tracking systems, DriveCommander OBD utilises an inexpensive trigger device which is inserted into the vehicle’s OBD-II or Jbus port. Once installed, the device automatically connects with the driver’s smartphone and communicates vehicle speed to activate and deactivate safe driving mode. Newly enhanced with SafeDial™ technology, DriveCommander is the first and only safe driving solution to fully foster compliance with new mobile phone regulations requiring any mobile phone calls made by interstate commercial drivers to be “one-touch” and hands-free in nature.