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Wakefield and District Housing reduces insurance claims 26% with telematics

Using the technology, the firm, which runs up to 400 vehicles and a workforce of 560 authorised drivers, has been able to downsize its fleet by 15%.

Fleet manager Rick Young explained: ‘With electricians, plumbers, plasterers and general builders to manage it is vital that we deploy the right person for the job. Our tradespeople are not always assigned to one vehicle, which is why driver ID is so important to us. We can see exactly who is driving what vehicle and where they are, giving us the ability to respond to each job individually with the correct and nearest driver – vital if it is an emergency. We have also established health and safety guidance for lone workers to monitor their safety whilst out on the road and understand the length of time they spend at each job, whatever its nature.’

The ability to analyse its driving data retrospectively has also enabled the firm to lower its insurance premiums.

‘By utilising the telematics information since 2006, we have been able show our insurers how we are improving the performance and safety of our drivers,' said Young. 'As a result, we have been able to reduce our insurance claims by 39% in 2012 and 26% in 2013 by combining telematics data with a new claims management system – therefore helping us reduce our insurance premiums.’

He added: ‘Over the next two months we will be replacing our current fleet of vehicles with a wide range of VW vans, and with business growth projections we anticipate to grow the fleet by 10% over the next two years. Of course, TRACKER Fleet will continue to play an integral part in managing our fleet efficiency and growth.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.