Driving award-winning safety on the road at Tristar…

30 Jun 2016

Would you like to know more about how we have improved safety through technology in the last few years? Our three-part series demonstrates our commitment to safety both on and off the road.

In June 2016, Tristar Worldwide won the Fleet Safety Technology Trophy at the 60th Anniversary RoSPA Awards, along with two Gold awards for Health & Safety and Management of Road Risk. Passenger safety is at the heart of everything we do, and we continually research latest technology as it develops and see how we can potentially apply it to our fleets.

Responsibility for minimising road risk begins with our Group CEO, board of directors, and dedicated and experienced Fleet Management team. Their commitment to raising road safety standards is reflected in our continual investment in comprehensive training schemes and innovative fleet technology. We invest a lot of time, money and effort in training our chauffeurs to be safer on the road which (we’ll cover in another series), but for now, we are focussing on some of the technology we employ to enhance our chauffeur, passenger and other road user’s safety.

Firstly, our vehicles are maintained in-house by our dedicated fleet team. All our vehicles are maintained to manufacturer standards by a franchise dealer's technician, trained specifically to work on the models in our fleet. Additionally, vehicles in our UK fleet are on average, under 11 months old, and have a 5* NCAP rating.

Safety is not only checked at set servicing schedules but every single day. Before starting a shift, every chauffeur must run through a pre-journey safety inspection and complete a checklist of maintenance points on their PDA before they can start work. Without confirming the roadworthiness of their vehicle, they will not be able to set out on their journey.

As soon as the vehicle is switched on, our forward-facing in-car cameras spring into action – all vehicles on our fleet are fitted with them. These cameras track the chauffeur's location, speed, acceleration, and braking force, and footage from these cameras gives us a phenomenal insight into behaviours on the road, plus the ability to use video to identify and enhance training using real life examples. The cameras provide an unbiased view of any situation and enhance safety as they can identify if our chauffeurs are using excessive speed, veering between lanes, manoeuvring unsafely, or otherwise behaving outside the set parameters, as our Fleet Management Team will be alerted.

There are many other sophisticated safety technologies fitted to our fleet, which we will discuss in the next issue of this series.

If you have any questions about the technology we use or the benefits of them, please contact us on marketing@tristarworldwide.com.