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Q: With so many technology enhancements for fleet management companies, how can we monitor cell phone usage to eliminate distractions?

August 18, 2017, by - Also by this author

A: Distracted driving is a dilemma for fleet managers looking to leverage useful technology to improve fleet operations and provide drivers with connectivity that helps them do their jobs more efficiently. It is a complicated balancing act. How much is too much? What technologies are truly necessary and how can you train and incent drivers to use them safely? Coming up with a sample policy might be helpful for your organization.

 Example Mobile Usage Sample Policy

Prepare Pre-Trip – Update any communications from the home office, program the vehicle’s GPS device with the next location, and be completely prepped for the next stop before putting the car in drive. 

Limited Smartphone Use When Driving – Cell phone use should be limited to GPS functionality only when vehicle is in drive.

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Jack Firriolo

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Jack Firriolo is the Chief Operating Officer at Merchants Fleet Management. As a member of senior leadership Jack not only provides vision for the company, but also delivers best-in-class results across all operating areas. As a business industry expert Jack is relied on to oversee the completion of information technology projects, and to help grow the Merchants Fleet Management brand.

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