A Fleet200 survey has revealed that half of car fleets do not monitor driver behaviour. The study showed that 73% of fleet operators monitor their van drivers, however only 52% of fleet operators monitor the cars in their fleet.
Telematics, which have been shown to have many outstanding benefits, can be easily implemented by fleet operators to their job-essential vans and cars. The findings of the survey showed that they find it much harder to persuade their drivers to have telematics installed when it comes to company cars that the driver chooses.
The utilisation of telematics technology is most prevalent in the public sector's collective car fleet, as they have a higher percentage of cars used for work purposes. Fleet200's previous research found that 60% of job-use cars in the public sector are equipped with telematics, compared to 52% in the private sector. This is likely due to the fact that 89% of public sector cars are used for work, whereas that proportion falls to 70% in the private sector.
On the other hand, the adoption of telematics is more widespread in the private sector when it comes to vans, with 76% of private sector operators using the technology, versus only 44% in the public sector. Among fleets with over 500 vehicles, 85% use telematics on their vans, while 58% of those with 101-500 vehicles and 68% of fleets with up to 100 vehicles do the same.
UK operators are still getting accustomed to modern technology, with van fleets taking the lead. On-board cameras are being used by nearly half (47%) of van fleets to monitor driver behavior, with the public sector leading at 56% and the private sector at 45%. However, the usage of on-board cameras in cars is significantly lower at just 26% (public: 30%; private: 27%). The larger fleets, operating more than 100 vehicles, are more likely to have installed on-board cameras, with a third of them claiming to have done so, as opposed to only 9% of those with less than 100 vehicles.