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A leading UK haulage firm has helped improve the safety of its drivers by using TomTom Telematics to cut instances of speeding by 95 per cent.
KBC Logistics, based in Purfleet, Essex, operates a 120-strong fleet of 44-tonne articulated trucks and handles container and fridge work for companies in Belgium and the UK.
A second truck operation in the North East allows the company to move goods from Immingham, Killingholme and Hull ports throughout the North and into Scotland.
KBC Logistics carries out up to 170 trips per day to Regional Distribution Centres and punctuality is essential, with any delivery that exceeds 29 minutes incurring a fine.
The telematics solution
Seeking a one-stop-shop solution that could effectively manage a large number of vehicles, KBC Logistics decided to implement WEBFLEET from TomTom Telematics.
The system incorporated a full tracking solution as well as vehicle-specific navigation, driver behaviour monitoring and a digital tachograph interface allowing remote download functionality.
The OptiDrive 360 indicator in WEBFLEET scores drivers based on a range of key performance indicators and KBC is using daily colour-coded (red, amber, green) reports to help identify areas for improvement for its 150 drivers. This includes KPIs for speeding, harsh braking, cornering and idling.
The company employs two full time driver trainers who assist with this and drivers are made aware of their performance in real time via their TomTom PRO driver terminals.
A safety and productivity fillip
Since installation, KBC has seen vast improvements with speeding and dangerous driving becoming a thing of the past. Speeding incidents have been reduced by 95 per cent and harsh driving events have also reduced dramatically.
In addition, the company has seen a signifi cant uplift in productivity, using WEBFLEET to increase the average number of daily journeys from around 100 to 150 – peaking at 170 trips per day.
“WEBFLEET’s accurate ETAs, based on highly accurate traffic and historic road use data, enable us to better plan and complete follow-up jobs. By adding destination addresses to orders and sending all job details to drivers’ in-cab terminals, we can also save time by automatically routing them to customers,” Ashford added.
The TomTom solution is vehicle-specific, meaning drivers now only follow routes on suitable roads, receiving alerts of unsuitable roads including those with width and weight restrictions and low bridges.
WEBFLEET has also been set up by KBC to enable congestion charge zone reporting. This has eliminated instant fines and means the company can proactively pay the congestion charge, saving a potential £130 per trip.