Europcar provides rental vehicles to BCS Group with telematics and cameras

Europcar BCS van

Europcar Vans and Trucks has provided a fleet of long-term hire vehicles to BCS Group fitted with Geotab telematics and SureCam cameras.

In an initial pilot of the technology, 50 commercial vehicles have been installed with the technology.

BCS Group has set up reporting that monitors specific high risk driving behaviours such as hard acceleration, harsh braking and speeding. Tailored reports enable the company to identify ‘good’ and ‘bad’ driver behaviours and to focus driver training on those individuals that most need support.

“Like all employers, we want to ensure the safety of our staff at all times and, given that we are working in the business of safety, our customers expect us to demonstrate the highest standards”, explained Nathan Phipps, fleet supervisor, BCS Group. “We were excited to learn about Europcar’s partnership with Geotab and SureCam and the opportunity to give our drivers even more support.”

BCS Group supplies safety and construction products and services to construction sites across the UK from depots in the Midlands and Scotland.

Driver Safety Scorecards are used to create tailored reports that give the company an overview of all driver activity. They provide each of the company’s regions with monthly management reports showing the best-performing drivers.

Phipps added: “The introduction of this technology has delivered both driver safety and cost benefits for BCS Group. We have seen a marked improvement in driving styles. It has meant a reduction in light damage on vehicles, which otherwise would add to our business costs, as well as a reduction in fuel usage.

“From the point of view of driver education, the picture quality is very clear, so we have been able to use the videos to support training programmes within the business. Plus, at a strategic level, having the ability to ‘test’ the technology in partnership with Europcar has helped us understand how we might be able to use it in our owned vehicle fleet too.”

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