Fleets are leaving themselves open to prosecution by ignoring information gleaned from telematics systems.

Commercial director of SME telematics firm In Car Cleverness warned that failing to act on bad driving habits after they had been flagged up by such a system constituted “wilful blindness”.

He said: “Having visibility of potentially dangerous or poor driving habits and then not acting upon it appropriately, leaves individuals and businesses liable in the eyes of the law.

“Given the advances in the analytics available, the concern is whether or not those responsible have the requisite skills to interpret the data, or spot the early warnings. There is also a question mark over whether or not there is there enough training and benchmarking support to complement the technology.

“Those who are slow to minimise the risk of accidents could eventually be seen as culpable by their inaction – once an accident has happened, it’s too late.

 “In simple terms, ‘wilful blindness’ means turning a blind eye and, quite apart from the material cost savings that telematics can deliver, fleet operators may soon find there’s a legal reason to further underpin the financial benefits.”