The price of #oil has fallen dramatically over the last few weeks, which means many #fleets have benefited from lower fuel prices at pump and on #fuelcards.

Fuel card #analysis remains an important process for operators to identify where the fuel is being spent and what peripherals are being purchased to ensure the system is not being abused (unfortunately it does happen!).

Not everyone has time to sit down and analyse every line of their fuel card data, often provided in PDF or .csv files

Here’s an example of how RoadWise can assist. We produce fuel card analysis dashboards using data from any fuel card, we can even integrate several card providers into one platform.

Automated, simple and easy to use. When integrated with the your telematics data we can analyse long term MPG at fleet and vehicle level to gain further insight into you average pence per mile.

If you would like to see it in action call us on 0800 043 2028 or email [email protected] and we’ll be happy to arrange a demo.

I can ride a motorcycle of any capacity, but can I tow a trailer? Licence checking is an important process for any business that has employees who drive at work.

This could be anyone from Lorry drivers to sales staff in cars, even if it is their own vehicle.

It is important you check them all to ensure they are correctly licensed and for endorsements.

As an employer this is your responsibility.

RoadWise offers a Licence checking solution that automates this process and provides status reports with key indicators to identify correct categories, endorsements and changes.

For more information call us on 0800 043 2028

3 Things to consider when buying telematics

 

  1. What are your objectives?

What do you want to achieve through using telematics? Having clear objectives will you better understand which solution is best suited to your needs.

 

  1. How will the system meet needs?

Many systems will provide a graphically pleasing layout, but the detail and value is often within the data they produce. Understanding how to access the data and how easy it is to use will be critical to the success of the project. Have a set of questions to ask during demonstrations to consistently benchmark each system.

 

  1. Driver Engagement

The success of the project will rely on buy in from drivers. Consult with them ahead of introducing any new system to ensure they know why, what, where and when this system is being installed. Give them opportunity to voices concerns and provide feedback. This will enable you to answer all questions ahead of implementation and maximise traction from day 1.

 

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We’re really pleased to announce the start of a new partnership between RoadWise and Premier Palletised Ltd

Premier Palletised are a member of the Pallex network, operating a fleet of 40 vehicles from their depot in Acton, London. Like many operators PPL has numerous sets of data delivered to them from multiple sources.

RoadWise will provide PPL with a data management platform, integrating data from their 2 telematics systems, vehicle check app, fuel cards, insurance claims, tachograph and delivery management system.

The solution will provide PPL with a single platform to view their mission critical data with KPI’s and performance analytics.

Through the RoadWise Rewards App, data will be used to engage, incentivise and reward PPL drivers. The initiative will help PPL improve driver safety, reduce accidents and improve their carbon footprint through reduced fuel consumption.

We’re really excited about this project and look forward to working with PPL!

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CAN > Controller Area Network

 

“A robust vehicle standard designed to allow microcontrollers and devices to communicate with each other’s applications without a host computer”

 

WIKI 👉 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN_bus 👈

 

This is the network in your vehicle over which all the sensors and controllers talk to each other, enabling performance diagnostics and data sharing.

 

When you take your vehicle to the garage for a service or repair, the engineer will plug a device into the OBD (on-board diagnostics) port to download and diagnose information from the CAN. This will provide information regarding any fault codes or alerts that require immediate attention.

 

You might see the CAN in action as the information also triggers warning lights on your dashboard.

 

How does this help Transport Managers?

 

Manytelematics platforms offer a CAN enabled solution which provides the means to continually monitor the systems performance of your vehicles.

 

This feature provides real time alerts to fault codes and errors via the telematics, providing the operator with immediate visibility of any issues. This removes the risk of fault lights on the dash not being reported by a driver and provides the ability to immediately action any servicing or maintenance requirements. This prevents the risk of further damage, high repair bills and extensive vehicle off road time.

 

Have you ever wanted better visibility of servicing and maintenance data from your fleet? A CAN enabled telematics solution could be what you need.

 

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What is the average MPG across your fleet?

 

If you have a fleet of mixed manufacturer vehicles it can be a challenge to measure and monitor their MPG performance.

 

The combination of fuelcard and #telematics data will provide a consistent output to address this challenge.

 

What MPG could your vehicles be achieving? The manufacturer figures always seem unrealistic, you can check this database https://vanfueldata.vehicle-certification-agency.gov.uk/ for more “real world” figures.

 

According to the database a 2.2 Diesel Transit Custom 310 should achieve a combined MPG of 46.3

 

Working with a fleet of Transits that are producing an average of 34mpg the database suggests there is a 27% improvement available. While 27% may not be achievable, 10% is likely to be attainable.

 

Using telematics performance data, you can drive behaviours to achieve and maintain this improvement.

 

What would a 10% saving look like on your fuel bill?

 

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How do you monitor #vehicle engine idling?

 

Idling refers to running a vehicle’s engine when the vehicle is not in motion.

 

Engine idling is a huge contributor to air pollution, particularly in Towns and Cities as it increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air.

 

The Royal college of Physicians estimate 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution.

 

If a fleet of 40 vehicles idled for an average of 10 minutes per day each, that’s the equivalent of 2,000 minutes over a 5-day working week. That’s 33 hours of idling!!

 

A telematics system will provide the ability to monitor vehicle idling. The more sophisticated platforms will also report CO2 output. This data can be used to target improvements that reduce impact on the environment and fleet running costs.

 

Reducing the volume of idling in your fleet will not only contribute towards cleaner air for us all, it will also save you money, improve the security of your vehicles and has the potential to improve productivity.

 

Not all idling can be avoided, but a lot of it can be with start stop technology or by simply switching the vehicle off. However to drive the behaviour requires identification of the issue.

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Do your drivers know what to do in the event of a breakdown?

A well-maintained vehicle fleet is less likely to breakdown, but a flat tyre or cracked windscreen could happen at any moment.

When it does, are your drivers briefed on what to do?

Structure and logic often suffer in the event of the unexpected. Simple things like crib sheets in cabs or information in mobile apps can really help a driver stay safe while at the side of the road.

Many telematics systems include integrated mobile apps with the ability to store information for drivers to access remotely. This includes incident capture forms for them to complete and send back to base, improving the process and accuracy of information.

What systems do you have in place to assist your drivers in their hour of need?

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What is FNOL and why is it important?

FNOL – First Notification Of Loss is the initial report made to the insurer in the event of theft, loss or damage of an insured asset.

This is usually the first step in the claims process.

FNOL is a term widely used in the telematics industry to describe an automated alert triggered by G Force readings within the black box device. These alerts usually delivered by email are designed to assist transport managers through enhanced visibility of incidents as soon as they happen.

Why is this important?

FNOL alerts enhance an employer’s duty of care through automation of mission critical information and immediate awareness an employee may be in danger. The information can be used to manage the employee’s safety and alert the relevant emergency services, pinpointing the exact location of the driver and vehicle.

Where serious injury is involved reaction time is critical.

If camera footage is available, it will also provide an immediate replay of exactly what happened and who was involved. A valuable source of evidence to the authorities and insurer.

The average claims notification period (the time it takes the insured to notify the insurer of a claim) is often important to the insurer. The quicker this data is passed to the insurer the more opportunity they have to control costs of claims, which can have a positive impact on the premium renewal.

In addition, there is multiple operational benefits to knowing when an incident has occurred enabling the business to execute emergency procedures that minimise the impact on business continuity such as re-scheduling deliveries, vehicle replacements and employee absence cover.

What is your average claim notification period? Your broker should be able provide this information. FNOL alerts will help you improve this and reduce your premium.

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Rapid developments in the connected vehicle space has led to technology becoming more accessible and more affordable, with barriers to entry the lowest they’ve been making it easier than ever to acquire and implement.

As DVD’s are distant memories in the shadows of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, SD Card dashcams are suffering a similar fate in favour of 3G or 4G and no doubt soon to be 5G connected devices that stream footage over the mobile network. Who wants to eject and insert something to read data these days? How 90’s!

But why are so many fleets turning to this technology, what’s all the fuss about? It’s just a camera right!?

While video recording may be older than my nan, the way in which this new wave technology is applied to fleet operations is creating transformational outcomes.

Here’s 3 key reasons I’ve observed that are driving fleets to adopt this technology:

1.    To protect drivers and brand reputation

The camera itself may not alert the driver to bad habits but the presence of recording equipment in the cab does make a driver more conscious of their driving style as they know they’re being recorded. To take it to the next level, the camera can be combined with an integrated telematics system to provide a deeper understanding of driver performance. This is used to proactively engage drivers with education and training, supplemented with video review to minimise the risk of accidents happening and improve the overall performance of the fleet.

Have you ever received a complaint about one of your drivers from the public? It’s hard to defend or determine if further action is required if there is no evidence to review. Be warned, driver facing cameras will almost always be met with resistance and checking they haven’t been tampered with will become a full-time job.

2.    Defend false insurance claims and 50/50 settlements

In the event of an incident, video footage is used to determine who was involved and who was at fault. The footage will protect your driver and business from false allegations and claims. I have observed first-hand how the provision of camera footage in the claims process has made it possible to defend false personal injury claims for 3rd party passengers that didn’t exist.

If you run a fleet of branded vehicles there is a heightened risk of being targeted by ‘crash for cash’ organised crime gangs

https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/fleet-industry-news/2019/06/26/new-crash-for-cash-manoeuvre-revealed

These gangs will orchestrate a crash, causing the following vehicle to hit them in the rear. An insurance claim that is normally 100% the fault of the following vehicle. Video footage not only provides the opportunity to defend your driver and business but may also be used by the Police to prosecute the criminals and fight organised crime that hits us all in the pocket.

3.    Speed of insurance claim

Most connected camera systems or integrated video telematics platforms provide a First Notification of Loss (FNOL) alert, measuring impact G-Forces through in-built accelerometers to determine if a crash has occurred, triggering an automated alert. While this may provide some false positive results, i.e. the vehicle has hit a speed bump or pothole too fast triggering the alert, it does provide the operator with data delivered immediately by email, to review and manage appropriately. This is critical not only in the management of the safety of your employee but also in the execution of the claims process with your insurer.

The quicker you report a claim to your insurer the more opportunity they haveto manage the cost of the claim and limit the exposure, which has the potential to positively impact your renewal premium.

If you’re considering dashcams for your fleet, here’s some top tips:

  1. If you already have a tracking system, speak to your current provider they may have an integrated camera package to offer.
  2. Consult with your drivers ahead of implementing new tech into the vehicles, make them aware of where, when and why this tech is being adopted.
  3. Consider what type of system you need, front, front + rear or full 360, prices will vary dependent on hardware requirements
  4. Ask for live demonstrations of systems and examples of FNOL alerts.
  5. Check the data storage capacity of the device, will it be enough for what you need?
  6. Be aware that connected cameras do not guarantee delivery of footage as they’re subject to network coverage, data connection and other mitigating circumstances that may impact service delivery. However, loss of footage is rare.

If you’re considering tracking and cameras for the first time or replacing an existing system, I would love to help. RoadWise offer several systems to suit functional and budget requirements. I am more than happy to demonstrate these and answer any questions you may have.

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