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A good fleet training programme is necessary for any transport and haulage company wishing to cut down on the number of accidents company vehicles and drivers are involved in. Nevertheless, no amount of training can completely prevent all accidents. Therefore, to help avoid unnecessary claims after disputed accidents, one insurance company has decided to provide fleet customers with free journey cameras.

Milestone insurance brokers are providing the free SmartWitness cameras to customers already operating under fleet risk management policies. And despite a rather hefty price of £239, the company believes it can save more than enough money by paying out fewer claims. They say just 2% of all accidents are disputed when the incidents are recorded by journey cameras, as opposed to 40% for unreported accidents.

HGV UK further explained that installing the cameras still saves Milestone money when they do eventually settle claims. According to their report, nearly 84% of all accidents recorded by SmartWitness cameras are reported within 24 hours of occurrence. The speedy reporting, combined with substantially fewer disputes, allows Milestone to settle claims very quickly and avoid extra costs associated with a longer claims process.

Milestone managing director Scott Mourton told HGV UK of one incident involving an insured customer involved in an accident with the owner of a Bentley. Because it took four months to settle the disputed accident, Mourton said the accident eventually ended up costing the company some £70,000 in combined claims and lease expenses. That is type of thing the company hopes to avoid with the new cameras.

A number of Milestone customers have already taken advantage of the SmartWitness cameras. Milestone hopes that the savings will be substantial enough to be able to pass on to fleet policyholders in the future.

No Substitute for Good Training

We are thrilled to see SmartWitness teaming up with Milestone to reduce the financial burden of insurance claims. However, we also know there is no substitute for good fleet training among company drivers across the UK. Proper training helps drivers to reduce accidents by making them aware of common road hazards and how to avoid them.

At the HGV Training Centre, we are proud to say that we work with some of the most well known companies around the UK. Our fleet training services are appropriate to businesses of any size within the transport and haulage sectors. From construction companies to local bus operators, we have comprehensive training programmes to meet any need.

The HGV Training centre offers commercial and private driver training for the following:

As a leader in commercial driver training in the UK, we know how important it is to provide the best fleet training to our corporate customers. We urge you to consider contacting the HGV Training Centre for all of your company’s training needs.

Sources:

HGV UK – http://www.hgvuk.com/03/10/fleet-drivers-offered-free-smartwitness-vehicle-journey-recorders

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