The prime objective of commercial operations is to move goods to the right place at the right time at a price that is competitive and yet profitable. The drive for maximising profit may tempt some vehicle operators to break the rules (on driver hours or lorry weights) to carry more freight at a lower cost. This potentially endangers both the environment and society as a whole as well as individual drivers and members of the public. The vision of a safe, secure and well-managed transport industry requires enforcement on three broad fronts which ensure that:
However, stopping vehicles to verify compliance is time-consuming and causes economic loss through delayed journeys and deliveries. ITS provides solutions to better target those more likely to breach regulations freeing up law enforcement resources and permitting law-abiding drivers and operators to continue uninterrupted.
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A safe, secure and well-managed network is of importance to all parties involved with freight. It is particularly important to traffic police, employers representatives and trade associations, transport authorities, operators and shippers. As trade becomes increasingly global, bodies such as TISPOL (European Traffic Police Network) provide an umbrella for sharing information between enforcement authorities on dangerous operators and best practice for enforcement procedures.