Automotive Fleet

DEC 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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VIOLATION MANAGEMENT PHOTO ENFORCEMENT BY STATE Throughout the United States more than 500 communities have red-light camera programs, while more than 130 jurisdictions have speed camera programs. Red-Light Camera Speed Camera Maryland 9 29 3 10 7 7 13 21 Pennsylvania Illinois New York 1 70 2 Iowa Washington 11 41 28 Missouri Colorado Delaware 8 1 1 Ohio Rhode Island 16 1 1 5 10 Oregon New Jersey 27 D.C. 1 1 68 11 1 Virginia California Red-light and speed cameras have made it much easier for municipalities to spot violations and 16 13 reap the safety and moneArizona tary beneft. For feets, having clear insight into these violations can help improve the behavior and limit the company's liability while, at the same, making driver employees accountable for their actions. 3 Georgia 19 13 14 Tennessee 8 3 3 New Mexico Connecting a violation to the responsible driver is a challenge, even for feets that assign one vehicle to one driver — especially larger feets working within a manual environment. For pool and rental feets, it's even tougher. Increasing Collections To add to the headaches that vehicleissued violations cause, since the recession, many municipalities have ramped up their eforts to issue more parking, toll, and speeding violations by using cameras, which is part of the reason why they're increasing. Once a violation is issued, many municipalities have become more aggressive in their quest to recover fnes as a means to ofset falling municipal revenues. Te arrows in the fne collector's quiver are many, including non-payment penalties, debt collection, booting, towing, registration holds, public shame campaigns, and other similar strategies and tactics. Because of these aggressive and varied collection policies, many commerical feets have found that their feet management companies (FMCs) ofen simply pay 50 North Carolina AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I DECEMBER 2013 62 Texas 3 5 Louisiana 69 1 Alabama Florida SOURCE: INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY, NOVEMBER 2013 the fnes and bill the feet. While this is an understandable approach considering that one of the tactics used to collect fnes is to hold registrations "hostage," it can have bigger implications for the feet itself. "Fleets ofen absorb these costs rather than track down the driver. However, this increases a feet's liability risk because it doesn't know which driver got the ticket. Courts have levied very DRAIZIN punitive penalties against feets even when they didn't know about a driver's violation record," Draizin explained. And, its not just the feet that can fnd itself at a disadvantage if liablity isn't transferred. "When a fne is paid on a driver's behalf, it is efectively an admission of guilt on the part of the driver," said Vincent Brigidi, president and chief operating ofcer of feet safety and accident management provider CEI. "In some cases, though, the driver might want to contest the ticket. For example, a red light camera might have caught him or her in an intersection where they were stopped to allow an ambulance to go by, or they might have been in a funeral procession that had the right of way through the red light. But once the fne has been paid, from the driver's perspective they have been deBRIGIDI nied due process." Draizin added that transferring liability will save money for the feet as well as increasing the driver's accountability. With the pressure on feet managers to save money, fnding ways to manage violations are fertile ground to cut costs. Identifying High-Risk Drivers Brigidi noted that an even greater problem with camera-issued violations is that they can keep high-risk drivers hidden from a feet's attention. Te result could be exposure to untold amounts in liability if those drivers are later held responsible for an accident. "Only a couple of states enter camera violations on a driver's motor vehicle record, which is one of the principal tools feets use to identify high-risk drivers," he said. "But, camera violations are still public record,

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