Limit impact of fuel rises with telematics technology, says Trimble
So says telematics provider Trimble MRM, adding that telematics technology can make commercial vehicles more productive and efficient reducing fuel use by 'up to 30%'.
'Fleets are bracing themselves for an expensive year at the pumps. What's more, many pundits are predicting a further fuel duty rise in April,' said Trimble MRM MD Andrew Yeoman.
'There are ways to limit the impact of the crisis. Understanding where fuel is being lost or unnecessarily wasted is crucial. The latest telematics software, for example, can help to reduce unnecessary driving, improve fuel efficiency, and can be used to prevent fuel fraud.'
Recent research from Trimble found that 85% of fleet managers believe fuel efficiency is the biggest challenge facing their businesses. The survey showed businesses are keen to respond to the threats posed by fuel price increases by finding ways to make fleets more fuel efficient, especially by reviewing vehicle use and monitoring driver behaviour.
'Technology can be beneficial to show how economical a driver or vehicle is, which is vital in helping companies optimise their usage of fuel,' added Mr Yeoman.
'Fuel cards and mileage logs that companies routinely deploy are at best problematic and open to human error or abuse. The key to achieving fuel savings is in the supply of real-time data from fleet vehicles and their drivers.'