Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Logistics Group Uses Technology to Ensure the Sobriety of Truck Drivers

Alcohol Barrier Aims to Cut Road Haulage Drink Drive Incidents
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – Ten years ago we first wrote extolling the benefits to the road haulage industry of alcolocks, the breath testing devices which can be fitted to any vehicle to check that the driver is not about to 'drink and drive'. Failure to pass the test simply means the vehicle will not start yet, besides this being a seemingly excellent idea, governments and freight companies have both been lamentably slow in adopting the technology.

Now, at its new cross-docking facility in Jönköping in Sweden, transport group DSV has installed an ‘alcohol barrier’ which requires that drivers pass an automated sobriety check. To be able to leave DSV’s premises in Jönköping drivers must pass a breath test. The barrier opens only if the breath test is negative for alcohol. If the breath test is positive, the barrier will remain closed and if subsequent tests are positive, the authorities will be alerted.

The alcohol barrier at the Jönköping logistics facility is not only the first one at a DSV facility, it is also thought to be the first installed at a company in the transport industry. DSV Sweden says it will continue to invest in safety-promoting initiatives including more alcohol barriers. Next in line for installation of an alcohol barrier is DSV’s Landskrona terminal.

The technology behind the barrier has been tested and approved by several associations including the Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC) and Christer Folkesson, Managing Director of AutoSober Sweden AB, the manufacturer and supplier of the equipment, said his company was incredibly proud to be involved in DSV’s efforts to shoulder increased responsibility on the road.

Several Swedish ports are also testing automatic sobriety checks for drivers coming in and out and the tests are believed to contribute directly and positively to reducing the number of intoxicated drivers of both cars and trucks. David Möller, Deputy Managing Director of DSV Road AB, Sweden, concluded:

“With the introduction of the alcohol barrier we send an important signal not only to the truck drivers but also to other DSV staff, our customers and the general public that we take our responsibility for safety seriously.”