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New report advises fleet managers on driver fatigue

Date: 19 July 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A new report has been published with the aim of helping fleet managers to reduce the risks associated with driver fatigue. 

Identifying and Addressing Driver Fatigue has been produced by road safety charity Brake's Global Fleet Champions campaign.

It warns that fatigue is particularly dangerous because it can affect anyone, regardless of how experienced a driver they are, with people who drive for work at particular risk.

Among the contributors to the report is Paul Jackson, head of impairment research at TRL, who advises managers to pinpoint the causes of fatigue in their workforce and use this knowledge to create an effective fatigue management strategy to prevent it becoming a serious risk to their drivers. 

Another contributor, David Lee, clinical director at Sleep Unlimited, explains the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea, a common cause of fatigue, and gives advice to help drivers manage the condition. 

The report is available for members to download from the Global Fleet Champions website, which is free to join. 

Brake senior fleet officer Sarah Plumb said: "Ensuring the safety of your fleet goes further than vehicle maintenance; the person behind the wheel also needs to be fit for the road. 

"Fatigue can affect anyone, regardless of experience, and those who drive for work are at particular risk.

"This guidance report is a valuable resource for anyone who manages at-work drivers."