More than half of transport companies across Europe have had
their offices inspected or audited for drivers’ hours compliance in the last
year, according to a new study from TomTom Telematics.
The survey also reveals that 43% of companies have been the
subject of roadside inspections between one and five times in the same period.
Meanwhile, 41% of transport companies say they’ve cancelled
between one and 10 jobs that they wanted to assign to drivers in the last 12
months due to not having visibility of their remaining drivers’ hours for the
“We spoke to over a thousand transport companies from across
the European Union and it’s clear that staying compliant with regulation
regarding drivers’ hours can cause definite administrative hassle and impact
productivity,” said Beverley Wise, director UK & Ireland at TomTom
“Most of our respondents - more than 60% - now use remote
downloads to manage their tachograph data, which is unsurprising given how much
simpler and less time-consuming that method is.
“A significant minority, however, still rely on manual
downloading to stay compliant, which means their commercial vehicles need to be
off the road when it’s time to capture the required data. And, of those that
manually download, 40% spend between 30 minutes and an hour per vehicle on
retrieving tachograph data every month.”
Alongside tachograph regulation, the respondents also gave
their opinion on fuel usage, productivity and safety concerns.
A total of 49% of transport companies now monitor mileage in
order to tackle fuel wastage, while 38% invest in driver training for this
purpose. When it comes to ensuring drivers are behaving safely on the roads;
42% are now running training programmes, while 33% monitor driver behaviour and
15% invest in 1-2-1 management sessions on the topic.
The research also highlighted data security fears, with more
than half of respondents expressing concern regarding how General Data
Protection Regulation compliance was affecting their handling of tachograph data.
“Clearly there are numerous areas of concern for the modern
transport company,” said Ms Wise. “At TomTom Telematics, we’re heavily invested
in the transport sector and want to do everything we can to ensure its growth
stays steady. That’s why we’ve used this survey as the basis for our latest
research study, ‘Four Pillars of
Transport Success in 2018’.”
The full report, with
research conducted among 1,200 fleet decision-makers across Europe, including
in the UK, is available free at: https://telematics.tomtom.com/en_gb/webfleet/landingpages/transport-2018/.