Telematics boost safety and efficiency for fleets

Telematics ‘boost safety and efficiency’ for fleets

Safety and security should always be a top priority for fleet operators, while enhancing the efficiency of your vehicles and drivers can only help to improve your bottom line.

As a result, it’s important for organisations operating any type of fleet to have full visibility into how their vehicles and trailers are being managed, stored and secured. This is where telematics could prove to be a crucial step forward for many businesses.


Security and peace of mind for fleet managers

Often, fleet operators will have vehicles out on the roads for a prolonged period, perhaps for days or weeks at a time. As a result, they can quickly become a target for criminals if they are not parked in highly-secure locations.

Unfortunately, vehicle theft remains a lucrative trade for criminals up and down the country, with figures from Verizon Connect showing the typical UK business has at least one vehicle stolen each year, with a resulting cost on average of £16,253.

Verizon Connect spokesperson Derek Bryan commented: “For many businesses across the UK, vehicles and the equipment inside are their livelihood – theft represents a huge cost. Fleet and business managers need to be extra vigilant.”

The ability to easily track the location and status of any vehicle within your fleet can therefore provide crucial in ensuring tighter security of loads, staff and vehicles themselves, and this is where telematics can play a crucial role.

Telematics devices can even be calibrated to immobilise a vehicle should it be targeted by criminals. In this way, people and loads can be more secure; it can also act as a significant deterrent if thieves know they won’t be going far and are more likely to be caught.


Improved efficiency through vehicle tracking

Knowing precisely where your vehicles are located at all times can be a great benefit that allows fleet operators to maximise the efficiency of deliveries and always be up to date with where their vehicles are at.

Whether it’s informing customers about the status of their goods and providing updated arrival times, through to tracking your vehicles to ensure members of staff are taking the most efficient route when faced with possible traffic and delays, telematics devices can be crucial in saving time and expense, both for the business and drivers themselves.

Built-in telematics can also help to monitor things like fuel consumption and driver behaviour, meaning there is always data available to help to provide best practice training to staff in terms of making their journeys as efficient as possible.

This, in turn, can lead to lower costs and safer journeys all around, making it a win-win in our eyes.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “As we’ve discussed, in-vehicle telematics can be a powerful tool for fleet managers to both boost efficiency and the safety/security of their vehicles. Have you considered the use of this technology for your vehicles?”


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January poses riskiest days to drive

January poses riskiest days to drive, research finds

Half-way through January and most people have probably felt a touch of the winter blues by now, with Christmas a fading memory and party season well and truly over.

And just to add to the general air of melancholy, one firm has revealed January is also the most likely time of year to have an accident if you’re a motorist.


A risky time for drivers

Research by insurethebox on when people are most likely to make a motor insurance claim found five out of the ten riskiest days of the year fall this month, with January 20th proving the most dangerous.

Rounding out the top three were January 19th and January 16th, although March 1st was close behind.

Much of these findings are likely to be weather-related, with this month tending to represent the height of winter and the period when snow is typically expected. That would also explain March’s appearance, with even meteorological spring often proving unpredictable in Britain.

However, there was one particularly baffling appearance on the list, with June 8th coming in at fifth position – ahead of two dates in November – and no explanation as to why this might be.

The data also showed drivers in Scotland are 32 per cent more likely to have an accident in January than their counterparts elsewhere, followed by the north and west of England.

Boasting the smallest rise in accidents were London, the south of England and the Midlands, with eight, ten and 11 per cent increases respectively.

Spokesperson for insurethebox Gary Stewart said: “With its shorter, darker days and often freezing temperatures, January has some of the most challenging driving conditions of the year, especially the further north you go.”

He added that younger motorists may be particularly vulnerable, as driving in January could be a completely new experience for them.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Although we seem to have got off lightly so far this winter, it’s always best to be prepared for inclement driving conditions. And answers on a postcard as to why June 8th is so dangerous, please!”


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Study shows impact of theft on fleets

Study shows impact of theft on fleets

New research has shown the huge cost to businesses of vehicle theft, with hundreds of fleet cars being stolen by criminals every year.


Counting the cost

A Verizon Connect poll found the average company has at least one vehicle stolen annually, with theft of vehicles and equipment costing firms a collective £16,253.

For companies that operate large fleets, the impact rises exponentially – indeed, those with 101 to 250 cars are facing annual losses of as much as £50,000.

Unfortunately, only 44 per cent of those who reported having vehicles or equipment stolen were able to recover it in a useable condition, which means dozens of cars are undoubtedly having to be written off by insurance firms.

However, the poll also showed 58 per cent of the fleet managers surveyed are not using technology like immobilisers to help them in the battle against theft.

Verizon Connect spokesperson Derek Bryan said: “For many businesses across the UK, vehicles and the equipment inside are their livelihood – theft represents a huge cost. Fleet and business managers need to be extra vigilant.”

He also recommended making better use of devices that can track or disable vehicles remotely, as this could help with finding cars that have been stolen and act as a deterrent to criminals.

The news comes after the most recent data from the Office for National Statistics showed vehicle theft increased by seven per cent in the year to June 2019.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “This new research really is shocking and shows the collective cost to businesses of having a car stolen is higher than most of us probably thought. It’s important to do all you can to protect your fleet from such unscrupulous individuals.”

VCV deliveries fall in 019 but Crafter proves more popular than ever

VCV deliveries fall in 2019, but Crafter proves more popular than ever

Global deliveries of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) fell for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VCV) in 2019.

At the same time, the company’s Crafter model saw a significant spike in demand.


A year of mixed results

Overall, the brand witnessed a 1.6 per cent decline in vehicle deliveries last year, with a total of 499,700 units shipped to buyers around the world.

It marked a significant decline in popularity for some of the firm’s most iconic models, with the T Series (down 4.8 per cent), Amarok (down 10.4 per cent) and Caddy (down 1.8 per cent) all witnessing a drop in demand.

In contrast, the standout performer of 2019 for VCV was the ever-popular Crafter, which saw a 21.7 per cent upturn in its fortunes and a total of 70,974 vehicles shipped worldwide.

Overall, the brand will hope this stellar performance can now help push a reversal of fortunes for the rest of its vehicle line-up.

Indeed, major economic crises in South America, Australia and the Middle East were cited as the main driver of last year’s downturn. However, with a new year now underway, VCV undoubtedly hopes its performance in Europe – up by 8.8 per cent – will serve as a catalyst to drive growth elsewhere.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “It’s great to see the Crafter continuing to capture the imagination of buyers across the LCV space, but another year like 2019 is surely not what the company will be hoping to see in 2020.”

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