Driver Monitoring

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted tests that show strong side underride guards on tractor trailers are effective for preventing underride crashes. Underride guards are steel bars attached below a trailer to prevent a smaller vehicle from going under the trailer during a crash.

An updated iiX analysis confirms that motor vehicle report (MVR) fees have continued to increase over the past decade, during which time state registry fees reached a cumulative 50 percent rise nationwide. Across the country, the average MVR fee stood at $9.64 as of January 1, 2017, compared with roughly $6.50 ten years ago.

In 2014, in the United States, 3,903 people were killed and an estimated 111,000 were injured in police-reported traffic crashes involving large trucks. Seven percent of the fatal crashes involved a truck hitting the rear of another vehicle. In an effort to reduce crashes, a number of trucks are currently equipped with crash avoidance systems (CAS) which alert drivers to impending conflicts with objects and may initiate automatic emergency braking (AEB).

Driving a truck or delivery van is a demanding job. Fatigue and the risk of falling asleep (drowsiness) behind the wheel are just two dangers truck drivers face on the road, and those risks are keeping fleet owners awake at night.

As anticipated, it appears that the Texas Driver Monitoring Service (DRMS) is on track to launch by early 2017, according to what we are being told by the state. The program will enable both employers and insurers to monitor driving records of Texas-licensed employees and insured drivers for adverse activity, such as a driver’s license status change or a new moving violation.

Reviewing a driver’s motor vehicle report (MVR) can help you make a good hiring decision. But waiting 12 months to find out if you were right can put your entire operation at serious risk.

A new analysis by iiX finds that motor vehicle report (MVR) fees have increased an average of almost 50 percent during the past ten years. Nationwide, as of January 1, 2016, the average MVR fee will stand at $9.50, compared with $6.48 in 2005.

As a business owner, fleet executive, or risk and safety manager, you want your drivers to make safe driving a top priority and are probably well aware of the associated costs, liabilities, and other negative effects that unsafe driving can have on your business.

As reported late last year, iiX was selected to participate in a pilot of the Texas Driver Record Monitoring Service (DRMS). The DRMS program will enable both employers and insurers to monitor driver records of Texas-licensed employees and insured drivers for adverse activity, such as a driver license status change or a new moving violation.

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