New Police Technology to Find Mobile Phone-Using Drivers

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New technology developed for use by the police and road safety groups to cut the volume of people using a mobile phone while driving underlines the importance of employers having in place a robust policy to eliminate usage.

To crackdown on the volume of drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving, Thames Valley Police and Hampshire’s Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit have become the first forces in the country to utilise new technology to help reduce the amount of people using their mobile phones whilst driving.

Working with technology company Westcotec, the Joint Operations Unit is using the system to detect when drivers are using their phones without using a hands free device.

First piloted by Norfolk County Council’s Road Safety team at various locations last year, the technology is able to identify what type of signal is being transmitted or received by a mobile phone handset and whether it is being used via a vehicle’s Bluetooth system. When the relevant signal is detected indicating that a mobile phone is being used within a vehicle, a road sign - similar to a speed warning sign - is activated as the vehicle passes, giving a specific flashing visual message designed to prompt a driver to stop using their phone.

  • Using a mobile phone - hand-held or hands-free - while driving is deemed to be a major driving distraction with attention taken away from the key task of driving. At-work drivers are more likely than most to use a mobile phone while driving and, according to research, users are four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and/or other people.
  • Using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is illegal. The penalty is £200 and six penalty points, with a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if driving a lorry or bus) if the case goes to court. If a case goes to court, the person may be disqualified from driving. Drivers can use hands-free phones when driving. However, if a police officer thinks a driver was distracted and not in control of their vehicle they could still get stopped and penalised.

Furthermore, employers could be prosecuted if any police investigation determined that an employer required use of any mobile phone while driving for work contributed to a crash. Additionally, compensation claims from victims could be pursued in the civil courts.

The CV Show: Visitors to Benefit from Jaama's Special Offer

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Transport operators attending the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show (CV Show) can benefit from a special offer from Jaama.

The CV Show 
NEC Birmingham
30 April – 2 May

 

In the wake of Jaama being recognised by the DVSA as a ‘validated IT supplier’ for its multi award-winning Key2 technology, the company launched an Earned Recognition Scheme module that enables commercial vehicle operators to create, store and manage compliance data.

The Earned Recognition Scheme, which was officially launched by the DVSA at last year’s CV Show, is designed to reduce the number of vehicle roadside stops and checks by enforcement officers.

At the show Jaama is offering businesses that purchase a Key2 system within six months an included Earned Recognition Scheme module.

Transport operators that use Key2 are able to send defined Earned Recognition Scheme key performance indicator information to the DVSA every four-weeks including data captured from walk-around vehicle inspection checks, servicing and MoTs.

To benefit from the offer, transport operators should visit Jaama (stand 4G100) where they will also be able to discover a range of software solutions to benefit commercial vehicle fleet managers, including:

  • Commercial Vehicle Management
  • Workshop Touchscreen functionality
  • Driver App - MyVehicle App
  • Driver Licence, CPC and Tacho Checking
  • FORS Compliance
  • Full Defect Management

Jaama to Exhibit at the ICFM Annual Members Conference

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Fleet decision-makers are battling to run vehicles as efficiently and effectively as possible amid political and economic turmoil, and the 2019 ICFM Annual Members’ Conference will aim to provide them with insight to make their operations as resilient as possible.

 

Jaama is a Conference sponsor and is looking forward to once again exhibiting at this key event in the fleet calander.

Entitled ‘Fleet resilience - Managing Uncertainty in the Current Climate’, the Conference will be held on:

  • Tuesday 21st May at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London.
  • The Conference will commence at 9.30am (registration from 8.30am) and finish at 3.45pm.

Experts from different organisations working with and advising fleets, including Government, will focus on providing advice and information aimed at helping fleet decision-makers arrive at the right strategic and practical decisions for their company car and van operations as the UK faces up to Brexit, a possible general election and numerous issues that directly impact on vehicle operations including: future company car benefit-in-kind tax changes, the introduction of Clean Air Zones and a plug-in and ultra-low emission future.