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UK drivers travelling fewer miles before a collision, new Geotab study finds

Published on June 18, 2024


The total distance per collision driven by truck, van and taxi operators in the UK decreased by almost one-fifth (19.12%) in 2023

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  • In its ‘2024 State of Commercial Transportation’ report, Geotab analysed telematics data from over one million commercial vehicles globally
  • Data shows an overall trend in fewer miles before a collision globally, suggesting the need for a renewed focus on safety
  • UK is not the only country to see a reduction in miles before a collision, with Germany posting a near one-third (27.3%) decrease
  • Geotab is working with companies in the UK and globally to analyse safety programmes with predictive analytics and benchmarking

 

London, United Kingdom (18 June, 2024) – Professional drivers in the UK are driving fewer miles prior to a collision, suggesting the need for an increased focus on safety among British fleets. 

 

Geotab, a global market leader in connected transportation solutions, found that the total distance per collision driven by truck, van and taxi operators in the UK decreased by almost one-fifth (19.12%) in 2023, from 920,000 miles to 740,000 miles. For a large British company running a fleet of 1,000 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) each driving 75,000 miles per year, the 2023 data could represent an additional 20 collisions annually.  

 

“Keeping drivers and other road users safe should be a top priority for all fleet decision-makers,” said David Savage, Vice President for the UK and Ireland at Geotab. “Just over 20% of all road casualties occur in driving-for-work collisions*. As an industry, we have a duty to reduce these numbers – which we can with better safety measures.”

 

In its ‘2024 State of Commercial Transportation’ report, Geotab analysed telematics data from one million commercial vehicles globally. It found the overall trend to be an increase in the number of collisions, with Germany the worst-performing market posting a near one-third (27.3%) reduction in miles before an accident. Only a few markets bucked this trend, with Spain (+5.66%), Italy (+5.25%) and Brazil (+4%) seeing the most significant rise in miles driven before a collision, suggesting fleet operators in these countries had taken measures to improve vehicle safety. 

 

Improving our approach to safety  

Geotab is working with UK companies to enhance the ability to analyse their safety programmes with predictive analytics and benchmarking. Through the Geotab ‘Safety Center’ fleet operators can gain insights into the risk of collisions with predictive collision analytics. The ‘2024 State of Commercial Transportation’ study found that fleets using Geotab’s safety features have shown a 40% reduction in collision rates.  

 

The report also delves into key trends, challenges, and potential within the industry, highlighting the pivotal role of advanced telematics in optimising fleet operations. By leveraging data intelligence and cutting-edge AI models, fleets can enhance safety measures, improve productivity, and reduce costs, amidst rising fuel prices, regulatory shifts, and economic uncertainties.

 

This report is available for free and can be accessed on the Geotab website: https://www.geotab.com/uk/state-of-commercial-transportation-2023/ 


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About Geotab

Geotab, the global leader in connected vehicle and asset solutions, leverages advanced data analytics and AI to enhance fleet performance, safety and sustainability while optimising costs. Backed by a team of industry-leading data scientists, engineers and AI experts, we serve over 50,000 customers across 160 countries, processing billions of data points hourly from more than 4 million vehicles. Data security and privacy are at the forefront of all we do — trusted by Fortune 500 organisations and some of the largest public sector fleets in the world, we meet top cybersecurity standards. Geotab’s open platform and diverse Geotab Marketplace offers hundreds of fleet-ready third-party solutions. Learn more at www.geotab.com/uk, and follow us on LinkedIn or visit our blog.

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