Organising a fleet of heavy vehicles can be a real headache. It’s not as easy to get from A to B when your trucks only have access to a subset of roads, and the road network and route restrictions are only available to view on paper maps. There are a whole range of factors that need to be considered when you’re navigating heavy vehicles to and from jobs, including narrow roads, roundabouts, bridge weight limits, school zones, speed limits and permits.
The consequences of getting it wrong can be disastrous. Look at the recent incident in Melbourne where a truck hit the Montague Street Bridge despite low clearance warnings, creating traffic chaos. This was the third vehicle to hit the bridge in three weeks and it’s so common that there’s even a website that tracks the number of days since an incident. Not adhering to the correct roads also puts your drivers in danger and your business at risk of being hit with penalties for non-compliance.
With a solution that’s based on an up-to-date view of the regulatory road network, as well as the specific configurations of your vehicles, you can avoid this headache and make route adherence simple. Start to build a bigger picture of compliant routes to and from each job, making your trips faster while keeping your business compliant and your drivers safe.
Here are three reasons to streamline your route adherence process:
Regulatory compliance dictates available road networks based on heavy-vehicle attributes such as length, weight and payload type. This means you need to map different routes for each of your trucks to avoid risks like steep hills, as well as restricted areas such as bridges with a weight limit or low-clearance warning. With up-to-date mapping data and turn-by-turn navigation, you can be confident that your business is complying with regulations without relying on drivers to make decisions about permitted routes on the go. A navigation solution that works even outside of mobile coverage will relieve pressure on your drivers and allow them to follow the assigned route no matter where they are. This is essential if you want to avoid putting your business at risk of heavy penalties for non compliance.
Keep Drivers Safe
Avoiding risk factors like steep hills and weight-restricted bridges also helps to improve safety for your drivers. Sending instant visual and audible alerts to drivers when they’re navigating off-route, you can help to re-direct them along the next best option, according to what is most suitable for the vehicle’s mass, length, width and weight. With a specific route to follow, you can also be reassured that drivers aren’t compromising on safe driving practices to meet delivery targets or get the job done faster.
The same rules don’t apply to every vehicle in your fleet. Some will need to stick to strict routes, such as a train replacement bus line. Other will need to comply with regulations for dangerous goods. Depending on the physical characteristics of your vehicles, some trucks will be able to travel on roads that others can’t. Paper-based maps don’t give you the flexibility you need to work out the most effective route for each vehicle, or allow for considerations like weight and height. With a route-mapping solution that takes vehicle configuration into account and combines it with the road network regulations, you can easily plan a journey that works for every job, customer and driver.
Make things easy with a smarter navigation method. Empower your drivers to make good decisions on the road by giving them the right tools, relieving pressure and ensuring your business remains compliant. Whether you’re managing five or 500 vehicles, running a safe and compliant fleet starts with getting the bigger picture.
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