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Telematics Set to Prevent Tailgating

Telematics Set to Prevent Tailgating

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Published by David Johnson
New on-the-spot fines for careless driving will lead to increased interest in telematics systems with driving-style monitoring features.
New on-the-spot fines for careless driving will lead to increased interest in telematics systems with driving-style monitoring features.

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Published by: David Johnson on Jun 14, 2013
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Telematics Set to Prevent TailgatingNew on-the-spot fines for careless driving will lead to increased interest in telematics systems with driving-style monitoring features.Colchester, UK, June 14, 2013 -- A rapid rise in the number of fleet operators installing telematics is expected after the government announced on-the-spot fines for careless driving.Drivers guilty of offences such as tailgating and middle-lane hogging will be handed fixed penalty notices of a £100 fine and three penalty points.The new measures, which the government plans to bring into force in July this year, are expected to lead to increased interest in driving-style monitoring, a major feature of modern telematics systems.Kjell Anderton, director of TrackCompare, said: “Driving-style monitoring providesinformation on a range of inappropriate behaviour, including the harsh brakingand accelerating associated with tailgating.“Constant jabbing at the brakes is often the result of driving too close to the vehicle in front or not looking far enough ahead. Although there are no telematicssystems currently available that monitor the gap to the vehicle in front, the technology does exist and has been used for years in adaptive cruise control systems on high-end vehicles.“All fleet operators are keen to promote safety, reduce insurance risk and stamp out such behaviour. Therefore, I’m positive the new on-the-spot fines and other measures will concentrate minds and lead to more businesses installing telematics over coming months.”The changes, announced last week by road safety minister Stephen Hammond, will see existing fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences – including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt – rise to £100 to bring them intoline with penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties. For driving without insurance the fixed penalty will increase from £200 to £300.Drivers will be able to appeal against any decision in court.Most serious offences will continue to be sent to court, where offenders may face higher penalties.About TrackCompare.co.uk:Launched in 2009, TrackCompare.co.uk has grown quickly to become the UK’s leadingvehicle tracking website, representing more than 50 tracking and telematics companies across a wide range of technologies.The company’s online service is backed by a team of experienced fleet consultants,who help more than 2,000 new fleets every month.For further information contact Kjell Anderton, TrackCompare.co.uk, Weston Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, C02 8JX. Tel 0800 096 0400.Contact:Kjell AndertonTrackCompare.co.ukWeston Centre, Hawkins RoadColchester, Essex, C02 8JX0800 096 0400thewordservice@btconnect.com

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