The case for telematics

Whatever size of fleet you run, whether cars or vans or a mixture of both, telematics will help you manage it more efficiently with a key principle being followed : ‘You can manage what you can measure’. 

Essentially, telematics allows the remote management of a fleet of vehicles, wherever they are, 24 hours a day. Whereas this might have been thought of as an unneeded and expensive facility just a few years ago, ALD Automotive has now enabled fleets to enjoy it as a standard product offer, helping to cut fleet operating costs, assist with legislative compliance and improve business efficiency and productivity.

Whatever the key driver is – cost, legislative, ‘morality’ or the environment, in-vehicle telematics is revolutionising the way in which many organisations are now running their vehicles and the way employees drive them and ProFleet2 has become a crucial part of the armoury of many fleet decision-makers.

The legal obligations for businesses to manage their duty of care are well documented but even without this companies have a moral duty to ensure the health and safety of all employees. From a marketing point of view too, negative media coverage resulting from a work-related road crash could prove disastrous for an organisation and its future trading with brand value being severely damaged.

Facts

Industry data suggests that the general benefits of in-vehicle telematics systems include:

  • Fuel savings of up to 20% through better driving
  • A 15% saving on overtime claims due to better mileage records - and improved management of working hours
  • Productivity increases of up to 15% due to improved journey scheduling
  • Improved customer relations with more accurate response times and call scheduling
  • Insurance premium savings of up to 30% with drivers involved in fewer crashes as a result of practising ‘smarter driving’
  • A greater likelihood of vehicle recovery in the event of theft, fast !
  • Reduced operating costs with vehicles serviced on schedule and less aggressive driving.
  • Increased awareness of general risks that could impair business or personal performance or safety, and lead to unforeseen costs or vehicle downtime
  • Potential reduction in penalty notices and speeding fines

The issue

In-vehicle telematics is now the key source of vehicle information for many fleet decision-makers as they seek to better understand their fleet operation and how they can improve their fleet’s overall efficiency.

Improved efficiencies particularly relate to driving down travel time through better mileage management, which not only reduces fuel costs and vehicle wear and tear but also cuts fleets’ carbon footprint. In addition, the data enables journey planners to improve operating schedules. This not only helps businesses meet key performance indicators laid down by customers but also enables operating efficiencies to improve with related financial savings and to ensure drivers’ hours are kept under control.

Ensuring that vehicles are maintained in a roadworthy condition and in accordance with manufacturer warranty and servicing guidelines is not only a health and safety legislative requirement, but is essential to keeping operating and maintenance costs under control.

Meanwhile, with drivers knowing that vehicles are fitted with telemetry - albeit that with ProFleet2 ‘Fleet Manager View’ is optional - employees typically drive smarter with the result being that they are driving more smoothly and efficiently. Employees are therefore safer on the road resulting in fewer crashes, thus resulting in reduced insurance premiums, reduced vehicle downtime, lower staff sickness levels, etc.