In trucking, advances in technology meet concern for drivers

While the transport industry has seen some necessary change in the past two decades, road transport remains the dominant way to move large volumes of goods. Transport is an essential service that drives the economy and affects everyday life.

Trucking has entered the information age

Sections of the industry have undergone radical transformation. Increased innovation has made transport smarter, more efficient, and, critically, safer. Modern commercial vehicles have advanced telematics, tracking systems, on-board computers, dynamic routing and scheduling, in-cab cameras, and driver monitoring and management systems.

Transport has entered the information age in which technological advancement, mobile data, and analytics enable a new connected world. Data from telematics helps to monitor and analyse our fleet and our drivers in real time, providing superior journey management for greater efficiencies, enhanced safety, and, ultimately, cost savings for the customer.

It’s all about people

While innovation is critical to modern transport, people and risk management remain as important as ever.

Transport is all about people: those we employ, those we serve by transporting goods and those communities in which we operate.

Drivers are a central cog in the transport industry machine and even though modern trucks are technologically advanced, they still require professional drivers with the skills and experience to operate them. Professional transport operators have to ensure that drivers are properly trained, competent, and medically fit. Looking after drivers and protecting the lives of all road users is not negotiable.

Customer collaboration and supply chain integration is another positive aspect of the industry today. With the amount of real-time information now available, there is greater data sharing and collaboration with customers, making supply chains more transparent and efficient.

Best practice

Everything in business comes back to people, so best practice is more than just ticking compliance boxes. It is about equipping and preserving the lives of drivers and other road users.

The more risk averse a company is, and the better the innovation in use, the more efficient and safe the operations will be. However, to survive and grow in the transport industry, solutions are needed – not just “one-size-fits-all” transport services. Integrated transport solutions are crucial to tackling a customer’s full transport requirements.

While these are all important aspects of the transport industry, an uncomfortable reality still remains: loss of life and goods, damage to vehicles, noncompliance, illegal operators, and unroadworthy vehicles. It is essential that the industry and the government collaborate to keep unroadworthy vehicles off the roads and ensure that the drivers of commercial vehicles are well-trained, have the necessary experience, and are medically fit.