In recent weeks, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) revealed that it intends to enforce the compulsory installation of digital tyre monitoring technology in the region, with the new rule expected to go live as soon as Q4 2017.
In 2016, a lorry driver was jailed for 10 years in the UK, for killing a woman and three children. His vehicle ploughed into their stationary car while he was scrolling through music on his mobile phone. The victims died instantly on impact; the vehicle hit them at 50mph and they were shunted under another heavy goods vehicle, crushing the car to a third of its size.
On passing sentence, the judge Maura McGowan, said his attention had been so poor that he "might as well have had his eyes closed".
I recently attended the Leaders in Logistics Summit 2016 in Dubai. At a panel discussion about Fleet Telematics, the moderator asked how many delegates in the audience had tried and failed at least once to implement a solution to improve efficiency and safety. I was amazed when the majority of delegates in the room raised their hand.