Reportedly selected as the Post Office’s “preferred telematics supplier” Mix Telematics will upgrade 265 vans with Mix Fleet Manager.
The process of a nationwide upgrade of 265 cash-in-transit vans and mobile Post Offices is underway, as the Post Office migrates from its existing MiX Datatrak solution to MiX Fleet Manager.
Post Office’s fleet contracts support manager Alex Goddard said: "The driving force behind this move is our aim to enhance driver and road safety.
"We have a duty of care to our staff and the general public, and as a long-standing user of MiX Telematics's products we appreciate the safety advantages they offer.
“Nonetheless, when our Datatrak contract approached its end, we reviewed the market before deciding to remain with MiX Telematics.
"We did so as we concluded the MiX solution is both cost-effective and very much in tune with our goals."
In order to derive maximum benefit from the MiX solution, the Post Office has also chosen to install a MiX Telematics in-cab driver coaching aid.
By providing real-time feedback to the driver, the in-cab aid coaches drivers on their driving style and enables them to see when a series of pre-set key parameters are in danger of being exceeded.
Before opting for the MiX solution, the Post Office ran a proof-of-concept trial at its Belfast Unit with 15 vehicles equipped with MiX’s solution.
The vehicles were firstly operated for four weeks with the in-cab driver coaching aid disabled, followed by four weeks with it enabled. During this time, all events were recorded and reported to the fleet manager.
"The results were dramatic," said Goddard.
"Drivers were able to monitor their own performance and this resulted in a reduction in events recorded, there is no doubt in my mind that the system positively promotes driver and road safety – and as an operator whose fleet covers around four million miles a year, that is an extremely important factor for us.”