By the start of 2017, one bridge in Leicestershire was hit by lorry trucks 11 times in 12 months, according to Network Rail.
This is far from an isolated incident, as the group documented 1,606 underline bridge strikes and 136 overline bridge strikes by the end of 2015/16 financial year.
Given these numbers, the Local Government Association called for a ban on lorry drivers from using car Sat Navs, and instead use GPS systems suitable for HGVs.
While it is now a challenge to imagine, a few decades ago, Sat Nav units were of science fiction territory. In-car navigation systems were not considered a necessary addition to vehicles in the same way as airbags or radios were.
However, the growing need for a more accurate navigation system, especially for truck and HGV fleets, paved the way for further development of Sat Navs. Read more
Vehicle theft is a huge industry. It can cost fleets across the globe billions of pounds a year in lost revenue, stock and property. Unfortunately, due to their cargo and the often expensive equipment stashed inside, fleet vehicles can be highly attractive targets. But how can you stop criminals from targeting your fleet?
The short answer is that you can’t. Fleets, particularly those that are utilised by well-known manufacturers and large enterprises, will always be subject to crime because of the opportunities they represent. What you can do, however, is mitigate the level of risk to your fleet. Read more
In this blog post, I want to look at some of the current and future trends in fleet management and telematics. From the advent of big data and truly integrated business wide systems to the brave new world of autonomous fleets and driverless cars, I will explore some of the pivotal developments in the industry and how it will affect fleet managers, as well as the ordinary driver. Read more
By continually aggregating and correlating massive amounts of individualised data, telematics offer up the promise of a new frontier of fleet management, providing opportunities for deep operational visibility and insight, developing new standards of industry best practice and higher standards.
However, although the wealth of data now on offer, and the potential for logistical reform, is by all counts a huge advantage to the industry, the sheer amount of data produced can often obscure its own clarity, leading to missed opportunities and even less oversight than before.
Newly developed technologies have, and are, progressively streamlining the way businesses work. From accounting software to computer networking and mobile technology, over the last decade, the ease and efficiency with which we run our businesses have been extraordinarily improved.
For fleet management, alongside automotive telematics and vehicle tracking systems, one of the most significant pieces of technology to have been introduced and adopted by the industry, are vehicle cameras.
For any business providing company vehicles, maximising safety for staff is a key consideration. Health and safety in the workplace extends to company vehicles, so the employer has a legal obligation to make sure employees are as safe as possible while out on the road. There are a number of steps fleet managers can take to ensure the safety of their drivers, such as offering them advanced driving courses, carrying out risk assessments or checking licence details. However, there is one more tactic businesses are increasingly turning to – a step that has been revolutionising fleet driver safety for the past decade: telematics. Read more
When used effectively, vehicle tracking can enhance business performance, reduce costs associated with insurance and fuel and improve staff confidence. However, it may at first have negative connotations with your staff. Some drivers may associate vehicle tracking with a lack of trust, leaving them feeling under suspicion and defensive. Read more
Fleet Management System
Date posted: 16 November 2016
Choosing the correct fleet management system can be a very difficult decision when there are so many different aspects to consider. You may have hundreds of questions buzzing around your head about how fleet management systems can benefit you, the differences between systems and which one is most appropriate for your business.
Fleet Management System
Date posted: 3 November 2016
The fleet management industry is changing all the time and new innovations, trends and features come onto the market regularly. It is a competitive industry and it can be difficult to stay ahead of the curve.
With all the car technology like vehicle tracking and in-vehicle cameras available nowadays, the way you work is changing all the time and successful businesses and leaders are those that can keep up with the fast pace of change.
So, what changes are on the horizon for the 12 months ahead? Knowing the technology that will be launched in the next year will help you plan ahead and make sure your business is ready for the change.
With this in mind, we’ve taken the top 6 things all fleet managers need to know in 2017 and explained how they will affect the industry, as well as giving you the edge over the competition. Read more
Following the election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London back in May, London is due to get a new ‘ultra-low emissions zone’ (or ULEZ) by September 2020. Now that the clock is ticking on what is likely to be a costly new set of charges for many of London’s millions of drivers, it is well worth looking at what this is likely to mean – and what you should do to prepare. Read more