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Construction company improves driver safety
UK construction company monitors HGV driver behaviour to cut emissions, safe on fuel and improve safety for vulnerable road users.
Heavy construction vehicles in urban traffic environments have been the subject of considerable debate, particularly in London, concerning the safety of vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians. With stiffer legislation and many HGV operators taking statutory measures to improve road safety around such vehicles, one UK construction company has gone the extra mile to ensure its drivers are operating safely.
With a staff of over 4000 worldwide, J Murphy & Sons also operates a considerable number of vehicles and the company recently took measures to improve safety, reduce emissions and obtain better fuel consumption by fitting tracking devices to monitor driver behaviour and such vehicle parameters as speed, idling time and distance travelled.
As a result, carbon emissions reduced by 22% and traffic incidents involving its vehicles reduced by 35% during the period between 2009 and 2014. The company sees this as a particularly high achievement since the target it had set itself at the onset of the campaign in 2009 was a 10% reduction in emissions.
The driver monitoring programme was also augmented with other policy changes which included limiting the speed of 1900 commercial vehicles, converting parts of the fleet to hybrid and electrical equipment and running awareness campaigns amongst the driving staff.
This awareness campaign involved feeding monitoring data back to the drivers and engaging them in workshops about driving choices which resulted in positive changes in driver behaviour. Overall, of the 53 drivers who the company identified as having negative driving behaviour have since demonstrated a zero re-offending rate.
Commenting on the positive results in helping to improve the way drivers think and act, Murphy’s John Coll said, “At Murphy, we realise the value of getting our drivers to better understand the consequences of their actions – whether that’s the amount of fuel and carbon that can be used up by idling in traffic or looking at ways to improve their driving.”