For Fleet Managers running fleets of any sizes there are many challenges. From issues with speeding, difficult insurance claims, expensive premiums to limited or sometime no visibility of the fleet when it’s out on the road. Where there’s a large fleet it’s no surprise that these issues can be plentiful and that’s why video telematics which combine video data, computer vision technology and vehicle data are a game changer.

Managing a fleet can be an ongoing challenge for organisations that need to meet a number of differing and indeed sometimes competing health and safety, customer service, logistical and financial considerations.

One of the biggest issues for growing organisations can simply be keeping account of their growing fleets, knowing which vehicles are where and who is driving them. Then there’s the monitoring of fuel economy, speed, time driving and driver behaviour in addition. Without this information, how can you ensure operational efficiency?

With so many vehicles out on the road, and coming and going, it’s inevitable that Fleet Managers are going to be concerned about the safety of their drivers and indeed the general public. Firstly, there’s driver behaviours such as speeding and harsh braking, and with such large vehicles out on the road and often manoeuvring in built up areas, blind spots can be a real issue and the cause of many incidents. What’s more, in the unfortunate event there is an accident or incident the potential knock-on effects are the issue of drivers potentially being held responsible for other peoples’ damage, vehicle maintenance which means time off the road, and sometimes very limited evidence for insurance claims, which isn’t available until the vehicle returns to the depot.

Finally, without being able to track their fleets, organisations are unable to give customers awaiting deliveries a realistic delivery time, rather than a large window, such as morning or afternoon, and there’s often no way to provide proof of delivery in the event of discrepancies.

With all these challenges it’s easy to see how video telematics are driving real changes for fleet management with the many benefits they bring including:

Safety

Knowing there is a system in place that provides Fleet Managers with live footage of your driving behaviour can influence better driving standards and as result there’s less chance of accidents. It also reinforces health and safety compliance for drivers as the managers are able, for example, to monitor breaks from the tachograph and potential incidents can also be eliminated from telematics prior to the event.

Flexibility

Telematics provide instant, on demand access to an entire fleet of vehicles 24/7 with the ability to remotely download video footage from anywhere in the UK or Europe, on many different devices.

Best quality service

Customers receive the best quality service as a result of having GPS co-ordinates and video footage of where parcels have been left in case of any discrepancies.

Financial savings

Better driving, less incidents and fewer speeding events result in reduced insurance premiums.

Recently E.D.S. Couriers who have 2 branches in Cannock and Stoke, in Staffordshire, undertook a trial of the latest video telematics technologies to find out for themselves why so many organisations are choosing to invest in these systems for improved road safety, increased operational and fleet efficiency and reduced insurance costs.

The Parksafe Group fitted their fleet, which consists of 85 LCV’s, 22 HGV’s and 6 Cars, with a range of products. The LCVs were fitted with a 5 Camera Vehicle Camera System with Full Telematics Suite & Driver Behaviour Reports. HGVs were fitted with a 7 Camera Vehicle Camera System with Remote Tachograph Downloads & Driver Behaviour Reports and the cars had front and rear 1080p 4G Dash Camera with Telematics and Driver Behaviour reports.

The trial resulted in the following findings:

  • A 70% reduction in Speeding events
  • 50/50 claims reduced and saved time and money in excess of £50k
  • Proved proof of deliveries several times with footage of loading and unloading the goods
  • Increased driver behaviour by briefing drivers and issuing fines where necessary
  • Spot checks for health and safety including wearing seat belt, phone cradle secured and not eating has reduced driving incidents.

But don’t just take our word for it! To find out more about what the trial involved and to hear the team speaking about their findings, watch the video below.

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