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Civil engineering firm’s micro-fleet cuts higher-risk driving by two-thirds

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Skilled Labour Services, which specialises in the supply and provision of skilled labour for groundworks and civil engineering construction projects, has seen incidents of higher risk driving within its fleet plummet by two-thirds all thanks to Lightfoot’s award-winning in-cab technology and rewards platform.

Empowered by Lightfoot’s dashboard device, which guides drivers to a better style of driving as they drive, Skilled Labour Services has seen impressive improvements in the way its drivers are conducting themselves on the roads, leading to an uplift in MPG of 4.9%, cuts in idling by 4% and reductions in CO2 emissions by almost 5%. As a result, the business has now rolled-out Lightfoot across its 14-strong fleet of Vauxhall combo vans.

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Empower your drivers with Lytx

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By Lytx

Fleet managers know that even the most experienced and safest drivers may be subject to a periodic slip-up. When that happens, it’s important to help those behind the wheel get back on track as quickly as possible. Unlike traditional telematics which only tells you the what, Lytx® uses powerful technologies such as machine vision and artificial intelligence (MV+AI) in order to tell the why and provide drivers with a little extra assistance.

More and more, fleet managers are empowering their drivers with the tools to make good decisions that help them stay safe on the road. This means sharing ‘big picture’ insights about behavioural trends to watch out for, but also deploying in-the-moment vehicle alerts that allow drivers to self-correct in the case of a momentary slip-up.   

As well as reacting in the moment, it’s important that drivers have the opportunity to review their overall driving style. This includes spotting any risky behaviours that may be sneaking in over time. 

By placing driver safety and empowerment at the heart of their programmes, fleet managers are focusing on their most important assets. A driver who self-corrects risky behaviours is in the best possible position to help keep the fleet on track, protecting themselves and the company brand along the way.  

Read more or contact Lytx to discuss how Lytx can help you empower your drivers.

Lytx can help you go beyond DVS compliance

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By Lytx

Lytx® Video Platform, powered by the DriveCam® event recorder, provides drivers with visibility in and around the vehicle; up to 4 connected cameras provide 360-degree visibility. Eliminating blind spots with sensors and cameras greatly reduces the likelihood of accidents and helps drivers contribute to the goals set forth in the Vision Zero and DVS schemes. In many cases, drivers are not even aware they are distracted. Helping drivers become aware of their performance is an important way to help keep them engaged and attentive. 

A successful safety programme requires cultural change and adoption across the entire company, making everyone a partner in safety – from executives to drivers. The Lytx Video Platform is just the start of a safety awareness campaign that drives improvements to safety throughout the fleet. In the event that something goes wrong, you can easily find the exact clips you need, providing a faster way to learn exactly what happened. Video evidence provides a direct route to the truth of what happened. This reduces claim investigation costs, helps you respond confidently and quickly to claims, and helps to avoid the risk of fraudulent claims. 

Understanding safety and managing risk benefits from a complete view into vehicles, drivers, behaviours, and external factors. The Vision Zero plan relies on safe driving practices, appropriate speeds, safe vehicles, and information sharing when a collision occurs. Knowing what is going on in and around the vehicles is the key to operating safely. 

Lytx provides you and your drivers real-time 360-degree visibility into the vehicle and its environment to help you predict and reduce risky driving incidents. You can see the whole picture. 

Read more or contact Lytx to discuss implementing video telematics to improve the safety of your fleet and your DVS star rating.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: FCA Fleet & Business

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By FCA Fleet & Business

2020 has been a memorable year for probably more negative reasons that positive ones. One phrase that has prevailed this year has been ‘the new normal’.

The automotive industry has been going through an unprecedented rate of change in the last few years, but the ramifications of the events of 2020 have exponentially sped up the evolution of this sector. The next few years are set to be exciting times for manufacturers as they race for solutions to meet changes driven by consumer demand and legislative guidelines. 

The drive to deliver alternatives to the traditional internal combustion engine and reduce the impact on the planet, as well changes in the movement of goods and people, has changed how we think about getting from A to B.  Following the pandemic, we have seen an acceleration to this change in mindset, especially in the business to business sector, where our customers are now having to make challenging decisions about their choice of replacement cars and commercials.  The requirement to reduce costs for their business and for their company car drivers remains paramount, while carefully monitoring regulatory changes to ensure they only select the most suitable and economic vehicle solutions for their business as the demand for electric and alternative vehicles has surged amidst restrictions and the expense of in city travel.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles late CEO; Sergio Marchionne, foresaw this and focused the energies of the organization on being able to adapt quickly and to innovate, investing heavily in infrastructure and in research and development. 

Internally, we have summarised this into three converging areas shaping the future of our business; Mobility as a Service (MaaS), electrification and connected and autonomous vehicles. 

MaaS seeks to take the most efficient way of getting from A to B, through aggregating a number of different service-based transport modes – such as ride-sharing, car-pooling, ride-hailing and other private and public transit methods into one booking-and payment platform.  FCA has the initial framework in place for this and has been pioneering car sharing and ‘pay per mile’ schemes over the past few years. 

Autonomous vehicles are fast becoming a reality and virtually all modern cars and commercials feature a degree of autonomy; case in point, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia & Stelvio range feature level 2 autonomy, providing the driver with numerous aids to improve safety.  FCA has also significantly invested in autonomous, driverless cars in partnership with Waymo (Googles Autonomous vehicle division) and some of those technologies are now evident in our fleet. 

The electrification of our products is particularly exciting, as our e-Ducato commercial vehicle and all new Fiat 500-e launch in the coming months. It is clear that the historic challenges faced with early electric vehicles are fast being overcome, with much improvement in the range capability and the integration of technology, including fast charging which can provide a 50km range with a five minute charge as an example. 

Manufacturers are going to have to react quickly and flexibly over the coming months and years to remain competitive and at the forefront of technological advancements as the market evolves, it’s never been a more exciting time.  

Our new issue of Soluzioni is available to read at www.fcafleetandbusiness.co.uk but If you would like more information about FCA feel free to contact our business centre on 08081685095. 

Why Lightfoot has trumped telematics

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Many companies who turn to Lightfoot have had telematics systems for years which have always provided a wealth of data to managers who are then relied on to communicate this information back to drivers in a top-down way – inefficient, ineffective and outdated.

 Companies have realised that this approach is fundamentally broken and the wrong way around. Instead, they look to Lightfoot’s bottom-up approach to engage drivers in real-time and reward them for their performance, empowering those in the driving seat to drive change.

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Route Optimisation & Planning: Unlock your fleet’s productivity potential

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By Trakm8

Finding the most efficient route from A to B is an easy task. But multiply that by hundreds of destinations, vehicles and deliveries, and you have a big job on your hands. For fleet managers, the result is a time-intensive route plan leaving potential productivity, fuel and carbon efficiency gains by the wayside.

Enter Trakm8. With Trakm8 Optimisation, you get the fastest, greenest, most productive route plan every time.

Trakm8 Optimisation takes easy-to-input data and runs it through Trakm8’s state of the art algorithm, computing route after route to find the best possible combination. Simply upload your data, click run, and Trakm8 Optimisation does the rest. 

Our partners can attest to how well the fleet management solution works for them. Supermarket chain Iceland uses Trakm8 Optimisation to drive fewer miles and make more deliveries – with Trakm8, they saved 10% on fuel costs all while increasing driver productivity by 30%.

Trakm8 Optimisation doesn’t stop at the route planning stage; it also provides a cohesive experience for both driver and fleet manager, whether your fleet provides delivery and collection, customer visits or any other service. 

Drivers can use the Trakm8 Optimisation app, providing them with a simple to navigate job list, route plan and electronic proof of delivery all in one place. While fleet managers can track jobs on the day in granular detail through the Trakm8 Optimisation web portal. As jobs progress, each stage, such as confirmation and signature by the customer, can be monitored in real time allowing intervention if necessary.

The best part is that Trakm8 Optimisation can be completely customised by you, in partnership with Trakm8, to build a system that suits the needs of your business. Whatever services your fleet provides, Trakm8 Optimisation can be built around your requirements.

In turn, Trakm8 will provide a cohesive installation and training service to make sure all parts of the business see and feel the benefits of Trakm8 Optimisation.

With Trakm8 Optimisation, not only will you save time on manual fleet management tasks, you will become a greener and more productive business. 

For more information on the full-range of Trakm8’s fleet management solutions, please visit www.trakm8.com.  

Reflex Vehicle Hire offer guidance for a safer fleet

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Reflex Vehicle Hire are an industry-leading flexible rental company that have assisted many businesses with their Safety as Standard promise.

Reflex deliver enhanced safety services for customers that provide unparalleled levels of insight and risk management in the sector. Alongside their first-class service levels, they have developed an award-winning modular safety solution which sits under the umbrella of Driive with Reflex.

Driive with Reflex is a ground-breaking package that brings telematics data to life. Together with its suite of telematics, Reflex has developed a daily walkround driver smartphone app to support fleet managers and reduce risks to their drivers.

The app can be used to provide access to important information, such as driver manuals, and offer invaluable guidance to employees if they encounter an incident on the road.

Daily checklists play an important role in driver and vehicle safety. A thorough vehicle check should be an essential part of the regular routine for drivers before they take to the road.

Doing so will reveal defects that can be quickly repaired. If vehicles were to set off without problems being identified, it could lead to on-road breakdowns or incidents, delaying journeys and leading to missed jobs, unhappy customers and increased maintenance costs.

Lisa Spong, Sales Director of Reflex Vehicle Hire said, “We have seen transformative results as a direct impact of our telematics when customers implement the correct technology and the correct intervention strategies. Having the systems in place is the first part of helping the problem, knowing how to use them correctly and act upon the data is very important.”

Employers have a duty of care by law to ensure the health and safety of their employees while at work. This includes ensuring drivers are not at any risk when performing work-related driving activities.

Companies could be prosecuted if employees are harmed or involved in a fatality while driving for work and a short vehicle check could be the simple solution to eradicate any potential harm.

With practise, vehicle checks can become second nature to drivers, which will help to identify defects before they become a more serious issue.

Together with Reflex Vehicle Hire’s award-winning range of other safety-first services, employers can be reassured that they are doing everything possible to protect drivers from harm on the road, while also keeping operating costs to a minimum.

For more details on our Safety as Standard products and services, visit our website www.reflexvehiclehire.com.

How self-installed vehicle tracking became an unlikely fleet management hero during ‘Lockdown’

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Back in the summer of 2019, Kinesis launched a new low cost, easy-to-install tracking device named Kinesis atom. At the time, the company purely wanted to offer fleet managers an introduction to vehicle tracking at an affordable price.  However, during the height of the Coronavirus outbreak, and the subsequent ‘lockdowns’, the device has been adopted by thousands of customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malaysia.

Designed for vehicles of all shapes and sizes, the Kinesis atom can be self-installed quickly and provides information on the location and performance of drivers. There is no need to have a professional installer on site. Lockdowns across the world were affecting the way fleets operated with many having to take extra precautions. As you can imagine, given the new restrictions on movement, this became very appealing to fleet managers.  

“We listened to the needs of customers and it was clear that many would start using vehicle tracking if it was easier to install. The Kinesis atom makes tracking simpler at an inexpensive price to reduce the entry level for more vehicle owners”, said Gerville Coe, Group Managing Director of Telematics at Radius. 

“When the pandemic struck, governments decided to lock their countries down and this product became a timely solution given the constraints fleet managers were facing. Like other telematics providers, we were unable to send professional installers to our customer’s premises, but the atom can be installed by anyone, so it was appealing in the lockdown climate. 

The atom is very much aimed at commercial vehicle owners that do not have the luxury of technical teams or IT experts on hand and the results were fantastic. Our customers have been telling us just how helpful the Kinesis atom has been.”, Coe added.

The installation of Kinesis atom does not require any in-depth training or technical know-how; it is as easy as connecting jump leads. The atom device comes pre-configured so installation and activation can happen instantaneously. In addition, Kinesis atom can easily be moved between vehicles.

Kinesis atom has widened the appeal of vehicle tracking, bringing benefits such as improved customer service, better resource utilisation, safer driving and reduced fuel costs. 

Customers can buy it online via www.kinesisfleet.com

Every journey taken by a vehicle is displayed on an online dashboard that enables customers to see where vehicles have been and for how long. 

The Kinesis atom also reports on driver performance metrics including speeding, and it provides a Geofencing feature that enables businesses to easily create virtual zones which trigger an alert when vehicles either arrive or leave a specific area (or a point of interest).

The tracking device also gives users the power to match fuel transactions with vehicle distances travelled to give accurate fuel usage data. By matching fuel card transactions with vehicle location, owners and managers can be alerted of any potentially fraudulent activity.

Kinesis atom was a timely addition to the market during Lockdown, but it is clear that vehicle tracking devices like this will continue to play a big part in fleet management during the years to come.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: RAC Telematics & Duty of care

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Telematics can support duty of care obligations by keeping records for regulatory purposes in a central, easy-to-reach place. The online portal enables businesses to prove they are meeting their obligations in the case of an accident. Telematics software can also support employers by identifying the length lone workers are on site, showing working hours, highlighting excessive speeding and vehicle health, and providing alerts in case of accident.  

Thanks to the level of data coming out of a telematics system, employers with a mobile or remote workforce are able to execute risk profiling and establish where duty of care focus must be spent.

Telematics systems, such as RAC’s, produces driver benchmarking and driving risk scores based on telematics trip data. This information and scoring, identifies key areas where employers can deploy policies and training programmes to help keep its driver community safe.  Additionally, our system can monitor driver performance, highlight areas of risk and even alert employers in the event of an accident. This unique technology meets both operational and duty of care needs. 

www.rac.co.uk/business/telematics

New whitepaper from Webfleet Solutions: ‘How automation, digitisation and new technology is changing construction’

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The UK government is relying on the construction sector to help drive our economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19. “Build, build, build” has been Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s rallying cry, and the signs look promising. This new eBook from Webfleet Solutions looks at the increased prevalence of digitisation and automation in construction.

It takes a look at some of the main technologies that are changing how construction companies work and how those who have adopted them are benefiting.

To download your FREE copy please click here.