Meet your duty of care through telematics

While using the technology can bring excellent benefits such as reduced commercial van insurance premiums, there are other ways that switching your insurance policy to a telematics-based one – including meeting your duty of care responsibilities.

50 per cent of larger businesses operating in the UK that make use of large fleets of vans and other commercial vehicles are using the satnav-based technology in order to minimise their fleet risk while also meeting the duty of care requirements for their firm, according to a new YouGov survey. The research study questioned 100 chief financial officers, controllers, and financial directors for British firms that employed more than 1000 workers, discovering that fully half used telematics in their fleet vehicles in order to confer upon themselves extra levels of legal protection.

Firm directors are responsible to make sure all vehicles used by their employees whilst on the job are both insured properly and are roadworthy – and with health and safety legislation becoming more strict over the past few years, avoiding incidents that could lead to costly fines has become very important to many businesses, especially larger ones. Whether your vehicles are owned by the company or are owned by employees and used to conduct business, it’s simply legally and financially irresponsible to not have an auditable and comprehensive motoring policy set in place, motoring experts say.

One such driving expert, Keith Allen, commented on the results of the YouGov survey, remarking that it was ‘quite encouraging’ to see how many large-scale firms have taken steps to make their commercial fleets safer by adopting telematics-based insurance policies.

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