HERE at Business Vans, we often bang on about the benefits of telematics and how installing systems in vans can save cash and reduce accidents. (Click here for more on telematics.)
the annual accident rate has fallen from 35 to 15, a huge saving in both cash and aggravation
Well, here’s some proof.
Building firm Gratte Brothers installed a Quartix telematics system in its fleet of 200 vehicles.
And the result is that the annual accident rate has fallen from 35 to 15, a huge saving in both cash and aggravation.
Danny Alborough, deputy group facilities manager, says the system allows the group’s managers to determine areas for improvement in van management, such as regulating speed and improving road safety.
He said: “We use the Speeding Reports to reduce speeding on motorways and in towns. The data provided by the Quartix system helped us bring our average top speeds down by 17%.
“This has been hugely beneficial for us with regards to our drivers’ road safety, which we deem to be very important.
“We were keen to inspire safer driving with the aid of telematics and the Quartix system allows us to do that. As a result, our drivers are now much more careful on the road.”
The Quartix telematics reports on utilisation and idling times let the group keep tabs on vehicle movement and fuel usage and to combat theft and keep vans secure. Van managers can be notified of any irregular activity using geofencing alerts.
Some departments make use of engineer time sheets to time site visits and travel in order to communicate better with customers.
Initially, drivers were wary of vehicle tracking as a way to improve road performance, seeing the system as invasive. Danny said: “We had some feedback issues because drivers thought we were just watching them. But when I went around the country and explained what we were actually hoping to achieve using tracking and they became more receptive.”