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Vehicle location tops list of reasons for using telematics

One in three UK fleets now use telematics while vehicle location is the top reason for doing so, according to new research conducted by Arval.

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33% of UK fleets say they use telematics

Analysis for the 2018 edition of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer research, which covers 3,718 fleets, found that 95% of fleets using telematics said they did so for “to locate vehicles”, followed by “improving driver safety” (87%), “improving driver behaviour” (875%), “reducing fleet costs” (75%) and “optimising journeys” (70%).

Overall, 33% of UK fleets say they use telematics compared to 19% across 12 other European countries surveyed, however take-up varies among fleets of different sizes. Just 17% of those with fewer than 10 vehicles using telematics compared to 47% of those with 10-49 and 56% of those with more than 50 cars and vans.

Commenting on the figures, Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory in the UK, said: “The driving force behind telematics adoption appears to be a basket of benefits related to safety, cost and efficiency and it is all these things together than makes telematics such a strong proposition.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.