VicRoads presented BWA Research Fellow, Nick Fawkner, with a staggering fact: nearly half of those sent letters asking them to have a doctor check their medical fitness to drive didn’t comply by the due date.
These drivers are not only a risk to themselves or others, they can also have their licence suspended.
What did we do?
Using our INSPIRE Framework (ask us for more information) we re-wrote VicRoads’ standard letters.
The new letters clearly explained why drivers had received the letters, what to do, when to do it, why suspensions happen and acknowledging that the process is difficult.
On time reports jumped from around 50 per cent to 62 per cent.
If this was applied to all of VicRoads’ medical review letters, you’d get nearly 7,000 more on-time submissions per year, a 20 per cent drop in follow-up correspondence costs, fewer unnecessary suspensions and, most importantly, fewer unsafe drivers on the road.
Their high returns for the low cost of applying the bright arts of behavioural science.
Quasi Randomised Controlled Trial
VicRoads went on to conduct a quasi randomised controlled trial to see if they could ‘nudge’ more drivers into paying their rego on time.
Along with the normal message at the top of the letter (‘Say goodbye to rego stickers for all light vehicles’), they added four variations to see if any would prompt people to pay their registrations by the due date.