CM Show 2020: Digital fleet compliance and Earned Recognition explained by Aquarius IT

Digital fleet management, compliance and Earned Recognition will be under the spotlight for Aquarius IT at the Commercial Motor Show this autumn.

The technology firm has reported a surge in enquiries for its new Asset Maintenance portal, which was recently accredited by the DVSA for Earned Recognition use, alongside its Daily Driver Defect App.

Asset Maintenance is the latest product to be added to ClockWatcher Elite’s suite of digital fleet management solutions, and has been designed to provide a full audit trail and complete paperless storage solution for all company assets requiring periodic maintenance or inspection; from company vehicles to workshop equipment.

It also integrates with the software’s tacho analysis system and defect App, to provide operators with an all-encompassing automated digital solution for managing both vehicle maintenance / inspection and driver activity. 

Mark Johnston, Aquarius IT’s customer service director who has led the development of Asset Maintenance over the last 18 months in consultation with transport operators, said: “Roadworthiness and compliance are fundamental to the Earned Recognition scheme (and indeed any reputable road transport operation), and with ClockWatcher Elite, we have developed a suite of programmes that all integrate to provide operators with an all-encompassing solution for managing and reporting on the driver and vehicle measures required by the DVSA.

“Our Daily Driver Defect App, for example not only reports vehicle data in real time, information from the driver’s daily checks can be fed into the Asset Maintenance element of the software.

"Through this integration, defects and PMIs can be assigned to mechanics with a simple click of a button. Similarly, the accessibility of any tachograph data which is uploaded to our analysis portal allows for a fuller picture when it comes to vehicles being listed as Vehicle Off Road.”

Aquarius said this ability to interpret and report on 360° real-time digital data, enables operators to react more quickly, forward plan and monitor costs – and moreover, it gives operators the facility to demonstrate best practise to the authorities if needed and enables those signed up to the Earned Recognition scheme to accurately report on the KPIs required. 

The Commercial Motor Show is a brand-new, three-day event for the commercial road transport industry, featuring topical webinars, networking opportunities and an exciting online trade show. Free to attend, you simply need to register online for your entry pass.

Head over to the ‘Staying Compliant’ seminar session on day 2 of the event, where co-founder of Aquarius IT, Guy Reynolds discusses IT systems for Earned Recognition operators. Then head back over to the Aquarius IT virtual stand where the team will be presenting the Tachograph Analysis and Asset Maintenance features of the Earned Recognition solution.

CM Show 2020: Lytx reveals risky driving reduced despite rising traffic levels

Commercial drivers in the UK are being more safety conscious than ever, despite facing new challenges on the roads, according to fleet video telematics provider Lytx.

This is a key topic the team from Lytx will be on hand to advise visitors to their virtual stand on at the brand-new Commercial Motor Show this autumn, taking place from 29 September to 1 October.

New data derived from Lytx’s UK driving-risk database shows that despite increased pressures as a result of the pandemic, risky driving behaviours are still significantly lower than the same period in 2019 – in many cases, by up to 50%. 

This is having a positive impact when minimising the chance of collisions: in the five week period from 8 June – 12 July, more than half (53%) of near collision incidents were ‘unavoidable’ – meaning the commercial-vehicle driver exhibited perfect driving safety behaviours, and did nothing to contribute to a near-miss which could have otherwise turned into a collision.  

This commitment to best practice comes at a time when commercial fleets are contending with busier roads, as the government encourages people back into the workplace with public transport still avoided by many. 

Damian Penney, vice president of Lytx Europe, said: ‘‘Our data shows that commercial drivers are responding incredibly well to busier roads. 

“We know from conversations with our customers that many fleets have increased their driver coaching during the pandemic and we can see that it has had a positive effect, with best practice behaviours intuitively kicking in when drivers need them most.’’ 

He added that as the UK continues to “get back to normal”, it remains crucial fleet managers keep using data insights to understand what is happening in and out of the cab – and that those all-important conversations between driver and manager are taking place. 

“Not only is this an opportunity to address any risky behaviours or to feedback on an incident, but to reward safe driving which we can see is happening,” said Penney.