Northern Gas Networks adopts GreenRoad telematics to improve driver behaviour

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has installed Greenroad telematics across its entire fleet of 550 vehicles.

NGN is responsible for distributing gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses and has noticed a distinct improvement in driving habits since the ‘coach in cab’ system was introduced.

Greenroad monitors more than 150 vehicle movements and warns drivers whenever they stray from safe, smooth driving, enabling them to amend their approach and adopt good driving practices on a daily basis.

Drivers are alerted via a simple to use dashboard tool each time the system detects a risky manoeuvre such as harsh braking, sudden acceleration, swerving or sharp cornering.

Each event is recorded by the Greenroad system and drivers and line managers are able to receive reports about the drivers’ behaviour, which they can review and together decide if any changes need to be made.

Mark Squires, commercial manager – Fleet Services of NGN, said: “Since we introduced Greenroad there have been tangible improvements in driver behaviour in some areas. It has been a good first introduction to fleet and driver performance into the organisation.”

The company wanted a fleet and driver performance system that would allow it to improve safety by measuring driver performance as well as helping to locate its fleet of 3.5 tonne commercial vans.

Mark said: “Having live visibility of the fleet is an advantage and it means that we can re-direct some of our resources to ensure that we’re working efficiently and effectively.

“Ideally we are also looking for up to 10% fuel savings through reduced mileage covered and better fuel efficiency through safer, smoother driving. It’s also helping us to lower our environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions.”

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