Fleets flock to tracking technology
The latest DigiCore research found that 55% of companies surveyed are now using the technology within their fleet operation. Of this number, 96% said that it has added benefit to their business, with improvements to productivity being the main reason for adopting it, as cited by 41% of respondents. However, fleet operators are achieving a much wider range of benefits from using the technology with reduced costs (77%), increased productivity (64%), added security (52%), and enhanced fleet and employee performance (51%) the most extensively highlighted. In addition, many respondents stated that vehicle tracking also helps their business meet legislative requirements such as Duty of Care and Working Time Directive.
Of those respondents that are not using vehicle tracking 40% stated that this was because it did not meet the requirements of the business, and 37% stated that systems were too expensive.
However, the survey also found that green initiatives still have a relatively low uptake. In fact, only 5% of respondents are implementing Green Band Driving or Eco Routing, with a further 24% currently considering the introduction of these initiatives. However, companies that have implemented Green Band Driving all reported benefits, with reduced fuel bills and reduced emissions.
Tom O'Connor, managing director of DigiCore Ltd, commented: 'The findings of the survey support the fact that using a vehicle tracking system can result in a more reactive fleet with increased driver productivity, provide a return on investment and enable the business to have increased capacity to meet demand.'
Copies of the DigiCore Vehicle Tracking Survey 2010 and White Paper: "The Adoption of Vehicle Tracking Systems" can be downloaded from the DigiCore website (www.digicore.co.uk)