TRACKER technology helps fleet deal with safety and CO2 challenges
David Webster Limited (DW) has introduced TRACKER Reporter to 123 specific vehicles on its fleet to ensure the company was meeting its duty of care to staff and complying with health and safety whilst also following a greener driving policy.
The company has said that it is already reaping the benefits of the installation.
Simon Haymen, head of procurement & logistics said: 'Initially we invested in fleet tracking solutions to ensure our staff were safe on the road. When you have a large fleet, with drivers all over the country, it is important to know where they are and how they are driving. Excessive speed increases the odds for an accident, therefore, we started to monitor driver behaviour to pinpoint any staff who were speeding excessively and find out why. It also helped us understand how long staff had been on the road and ensure they are taking the correct amount of break time.
'Our company installs energy efficient lighting wherever possible for our customers and we wanted to ensure that our "green credentials" were adopted throughout the business. We have therefore now started to monitor fuel usage; in particular, fuel efficiency to help reduce our carbon footprint. Central to this is monitoring driver behaviour. We can pull off reports that identify excessive speeding and braking, taking unnecessarily long routes and idling – all factors that can increase fuel usage.
'We invested in fleet tracking to ensure we were looking after our staff and to implement a greener driving policy – it has never been about cutting costs. We are already reaping the benefits with a noticeable drop in average speed and excessive speeds. We are now looking at league tables highlighting the efficient drivers.'