James Frew cut fuel costs by 30% with telematics

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 15:00
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Building services company James Frew have reduced fuel costs by almost 30% in the past 12months after replacing an existing tracking system with Ctrack Online.

The investment – part of a wider fleet management strategy – saw the company roll out the advanced telematics system across their 110-strong van fleet.

Operated by their team of engineers, the vans are now tracked by a solution incorporating Ctrack’s Driver Behaviour Indicator (DBI).

The in-vehicle device alerts drivers to any infringements by displaying a series of traffic-light coloured warning lights along with audible alarms.

“We expect to make further associated fleet savings as the system becomes further embedded in our operation.”

Sandy Clare, James Frew

By providing real-time driver feedback, DBI highlights a range of exceptions, such as harsh acceleration, braking and cornering along with speeding, to encourage an improved driving style behind the wheel.

Meanwhile, Ctrack Online’s Driver League Table Reporting tool has enabled James Frew to identify the best and worst performing parts of their fleet operation along with areas of improvement.

Individual engineers are placed in the green, yellow or red band for each exception based on their driving performance, while an overall score is calculated for each to enable a simple ranking system.

From this insight, the company have been able to target improvements amongst the bottom 10%, with the worst offending drivers taking the Energy Saving Trust’s fuel efficient eco-driving training course.

Sandy Clare, Financial Director of James Frew, said: “We implemented a fleet improvement strategy that targeted operational savings through enhancements to driver behaviour as well our routeing and scheduling processes.

“The Ctrack solution has become an essential part of this programme, helping us to reduce costs by almost 30%, and we expect to make further associated fleet savings as the system becomes further embedded in our operation.”

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