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Diesel is dead. What comes next?

Diesel is dead. What comes next?

Diesel technology is a thing of the past but what is the next big thing, self-driving cars or electric cars?

62% of the automotive executives in the UK expect diesel powered cars to disappear from manufacturers line-up in the near future. This is unsurprising however as in a recent survey by KPMG they found that almost all (93%) of car manufacturers plan to invest in electric cars over the next 5 years.

The survey also showed that most believe electric vehicles will dominate the automotive market by 2025. Although most believe that until then other automotive car technology will take priority such as self-driving cars.

The UK is expected to be an early adopter of self-driving cars due to the greenbelt policy which has created areas of dense urban population. These areas would be likely to see the largest savings to people using self-drive taxis.

With more people adopting cheaper self-driving taxis it is likely that less people will actually own cars. This will obviously lead to less money within the car manufacturing industry. However, most car companies aren’t too worried as they believe they will make more money providing digital services.

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[CASE STUDY] Marshalls – “Due to save 10% on logistics costs thanks to telematics”

[CASE STUDY] MARSHALLS – “Due to save 10% on logistics costs thanks to telematics”

Established in 1890 by Solomon Marshall, Marshalls is now a market Leader in the manufacturing of landscaping materials such as paving slabs and aggregates. In 2001 Marshalls bought Stancliffe Stone for £10 Million.

Marshals fleet now consists of over 200 vehicles including 173 44-tonne cranes which deliver their products to both domestic and commercial customers from several manufacturing sites across the UK.

marshalling-resources-cilt-safe-truckcs-feb-16_popupWith such a large and busy fleet Marshals are well aware of the need for telematics and have invested in it over the last 10 years. They currently are using TomTom Telematics after going through an extensive selection process to find their preferred fleet management system.

Part of their set up includes ruggedized tablets (Supplied by TomTom) which integrate tracking with “Electronic proof of deliver” systems. The telematics also integrates with drivers in-cab terminals to provide super accurate satellite navigation.

Marshal’s Regional Logistics and Fleet Manager, Guy Ripley said “we expect to save 10% across the company” He added that most of this saving will come from savings in fuel.

Guy said the feedback has been great from the drivers, who are always quick to voice their opinion.

Marshalls have also reached the gold standard level of FORS with help from the tracking system

‘Tracking is vital for us in improving safety and operations and reporting on reduced emissions and fuel usage.”

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How CRH Transport avoided a £1,600 crash-for-cash scam

How CRH Transport avoided a £1,600 crash-for-cash scam

After placing forward facing witness cameras into their fleet CRH Transport were able to avoid bogus crash-for-cash claim against them.

CRH Transport are a driver training school based in Birmingham. They offer HGV, LGV, ADR & CPC training across the transport and logistics industry.

CRH’s Managing Director, Chris Hetherington said: “We were experiencing three to four crash-for-cash incidents a week at one point and to defend ourselves we had to provide evidence,”

Chris explained that their fleets livery makes it obvious that they are a driver training school and he feels this is why they are frequently targeted by crash-for-cash scammers.

The company said that they would often just pay out for smaller claims as they had no evidence to prove their innocence and that it was a cheaper option than claiming on their insurance.

Now however, with the cameras installed they can disprove any bogus claims and by not paying out for these claims they have already saved they cost of the cameras within the first 6 months.

Chris said “now there’s no way I would consider sending out any of our vehicles without a camera”

The RHA states that the industry is currently 60,000 driver short but Chris believes that cameras will encourage new drivers in.

“New drivers need support and back-up from their fleet managers” He said and added that cameras give drivers a confidence boost.

According to Chris 80% of the road accidents he sees involving trucks, the HGV driver unjustly gets the blame. But now CRH have the tools to prove otherwise

Currently around 60% of claims without video evidence are disputed, but when Video evidence is present only 2% of claims are disputed. The costs saved by non-disputed claims to insurers amounts to a huge sum and this saving can often be passed on to the customer in lower insurance premiums.

The camera of choice for CRH Transport is the SmartWitness KP1 which features a 170 degree lens capuring HD footage stamped with the time date and location and uses g-sensors to lock the footage in the event of a crash or incident. This footage can be automatically sent straight back to a fleet manager quicker than it can take for the driver to report the accident. This means that they always know what has happened to any vehicle in their fleet as soon as it happened and get it under control quickly and efficiently saving money and time.

The KP1 also offers tracking capabilities meaning the fleet manager can see where all his vehicles are at any time this can help with route planning and rescheduling, identifying drivers for nearby jobs and the security of the fleet.

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They specialise in the supply, installation and support of multi-camera recording, observation and blind-spot safety systems and are an official FORS associate.

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A tyre that lasted 103,000 miles!

A tyre that lasted 103,000 miles!

What’s the longest a set of tyres has ever lasted for you? 10K? 50K? 100,000 Miles?!

Well for one VW T5 running in the Co-op Funeralcare fleet a Michelin Agilis tyre has lasted 103,000 miles

The van has spent the last 2 years driving in and around Glasgow on the same set of tyres. The set before that lasted them 36,000 miles before the Michelins were fitted. The Van spends most of its time on long-distance journeys, carrying out various jobs for the funeral directors.

“When you operate a funeral director’s vehicle, you can’t afford to let a client down on an already difficult day due to tyre-related issues. Said Co-op Funeralcare’s head of transport, Terry Jarvis.

Co-op Funeralcare runs nearly 1,500 vehicles and Michelin tyres are fitted right across the fleet.

The majority of the fleet are long wheel base vehicles so tyre tread is an important issue for them, particularly as their 300 hearses can weigh 2.5 tonnes each.

Fleet telematics would also help reduce vehicle maintenance on the 1,500 vehicles as driver behaviour can be monitored and corrected to ensure the fleets run more efficiently as well as safely.

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[CASE STUDY] Wrings Transport Ltd. – “Vehicle Cameras were the best thing we’ve ever done”

[CASE STUDY] Wrings Transport Ltd. – “Vehicle Cameras were the best thing we’ve ever done”

374cbecFollowing in his grandfather’s footsteps, Stuart Wring has built up a successful haulage business from scratch. Starting out on his own at the age of 24, after few years experience in the industry, Stuart launched his own haulage company in 1995. Stuart’s mother and father have both worked for the firm aswell as his brothers.

Now the company turns over £6 Million and runs over 60 vehicles offering local and national delivery services. Most of the fleet is made up from Scania and Mercedes plus a few MAN.

Wring has a five year policy when it comes to vehicle replacement as repair and maintenance issues became a problem when keeping vehicles for any longer he says.

Andy Williams was employed by Wring as a site and fleet manager and controls the day-to-day running of the fleet. One of Andy’s key tasks was introducing Telematics into the fleet.

Andy uses it to organise truck maintenance aswell as driver behaviour/performance a fuel efficiency. As a result, the company has reduced idling from 25 minutes to less than 4 per day since 2008.

With this information, Wring understands his truck much better and has made informed decisions when buying new vehicles like ordering trucks with start-stop technology.

aaeaaqaaaaaaaacjaaaajgi5nzi5ytzkltfiyzetnda0mi1hmgm0lwy4mgi5zwm3mwvjoqWring also uses the Telematics system to monitor driver behaviour which tracks everything from speeding and revving to harsh braking. Wring sets the tolerance level to 98%, which 66% of his driver achieve. For the ones that don’t Wrings Transport have an in house driver trainer, a former driver for the company, Sean Mulhall. Sean addresses the problems identified by the telematics and passes on training that he receives from truck manufacturers.

Although the telematics has been a huge asset to the company Wring says “best thing we ever did” was installing witness cameras into all the vehicles.

“Anyone running a truck without a camera is like going somewhere without a phone,”

Wring says the cameras have had a huge impact on drivers attitudes and such the number of insurance claims made has “massively” reduced. Combined with telematics the safety record of Wrings Transport is now almost spotless. They haven’t had a rollover or write off since 2008.

Wring are now looking into more extensive camera systems that provide the driver with better visibility as they have now noticed that the majority of damages to vehicles now come from reversing and manoeuvring prangs.

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[VIDEO] Tacho Fraud

Tacho Fraud

Catching lorry drivers who cheat the spy in the cab monitors so they can drive for longer

Heres an interesting clip from “The one show” aired on BBC one.

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Improve your fleet’s productivity

Improve your fleet’s productivity

Blog-PhotosVTA huge growth in online shopping over the past few years has placed increased demands on fleets to deliver. A recent RetailMeNot study showed that online spend in the UK rose since 2013 from £38.84 billion, to a huge £52.25 billion last year. Reports suggested that this figure will continue to rise by 15.3% in 2016 to £60.25 billion

More and more fleets are now using telematics to deal with the extra demands & to improve their productivity. Meaning vehicles can get to more drops in less time using more efficient routes and other productivity tools included in most vehicle telematics systems. Tracking can also be used to manage deliveries in real time to further improve customer service.

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“Telematics really enhances home delivery companies’ ability to give real-world delivery windows to customers,” says Steve Towe, chief operating officer and UK managing director at Masternaut.

The benefits of telematics not only apply to home delivery fleets. All fleet types can improve in some way using tracking.

“I don’t think productivity is an issue for businesses in just one sector,” Steve explains.

“There’s no single fleet that benefits the most from telematics for routing and scheduling, as it helps every fleet, regardless of size.”

“By using better scheduling and better routing, you can access savings that can be invested into other areas of your business. Live vehicle positions are used to ensure that fleets are making the most cost effective re-planning decisions based on real-world data,” he adds.

Kings Security Systems, has a fleet of 331 job need vehicles. They have experienced an increase in productivity since their planning and tracking system went live in January.

The tracking system was installed to improve scheduling and route planning along with recording driver behaviours such as speeding and idling.

As a job comes in, the system seeks out the nearest available driver with the right skillset to complete the work and adds it to that driver’s schedule.

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Tracking linked car insurance policies up 64% but fleet car tracking remains stagnant

Vehicle tracking has instilled fear in the minds of drivers since its launch in the 1990’s. Terms such as big-brother, spying and mistrust are often used by drivers uncomfortable with the technology. Recent figures from the insurance industry however point to a change in perception with the uptake of vehicle policies linked to tracking up 64% since July 2012.

The negative perception of vehicle tracking is something we have covered many times previously and whilst the insurance sector is making headway, fleet vehicle tracking is still lagging behind. Market research estimates that less than 3% of fleet cars are currently being tracked.

A recent TrackCompare state of the market survey of 500 fleets reveals that privacy is still one of the biggest concerns and a major barrier to adoption. But in an age where so much of what we do as drivers is already tracked, are these fears outdated?

Tracking systems have been slow recognise this concern with very little development and innovation in this area over the last decade. The uptake of tracking related insurance shows that if drivers are comfortable with how their data will be used and the benefits of being tracked outweigh the negatives the barriers can be broken down.

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True real-time tracking with crystal clear images comes a step closer

True real-time tracking showing crystal clear images of on-the-move fleet vehicles came a step closer last week following Google’s acquisition of Skybox Imaging.

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Latest Fleetmatics telematics products now available through TrackCompare

Three new Fleetmatics telematics products launched in London last month are now available through TrackCompare.co.uk.