Northern Irish fleets have seen a greater uptake in telematics, and fuel savings, following a partnership between leasing firm DFC and RAC Telematics.
McCann Cabling Solutions, based in Dungannon, is one such firm which says they have seen savings in fuel of almost 10% since taking the telematics option from DFC.
Conor McCann, managing director at McCann Cabling Solutions, says: “RAC Telematics has been in our fleet for nearly two years now and we have really seen the benefits of having such a strong system in place.
“At McCann Cabling Solutions we work with the client to ensure the job is done correctly and without delay. Having the ability to know how long a vehicle spends on site and when it has left the client, has really assisted us with running an efficient fleet while increasing daily productivity, and indeed customer satisfaction.
“We’ve also seen an improvement in our administration time, the processing of the timesheets, mileage reports and advising clients on site-time, all done in minutes, it saves us hours of work each week. The safety of our drivers is very important to us and having the knowledge of how a vehicle has been driven helps us to monitor driver styles and implement improvement procedures.
“As such, we’ve seen a drop in speeding fines, an increase in MPG and an improvement on the fuel bill to the tune of about eight per cent, which all helps the bottom line.”
In addition to the driver behaviour feature, McCann says the business also relies on the crash notification alert in the telematics box, which recently enabled them to promptly contact a driver when he had an accident to ensure he was properly looked after.
Uel Butler is chief executive at DFC said: “We have a lot of positive feedback from customers around the use of telematics, especially as they have none of the installation costs, but all the benefits that comes with the system.
“Our customers see it is a ‘no-brainer’ and we feel it is delivering a massive difference in terms of making those purchasing decisions easier. We feel it makes our offering more competitive when tendering for new contracts and having the backing of the RAC gives customers the reassurance that should they encounter any issues it will be dealt with in an efficient manner.
“When you consider the combination of RAC Telematics, along with breakdown and accident management, it is a powerful proposition and the brand carries a lot of trust and weight. It means we can offer the complete package.”
RAC Telematics MD Nick Walker said: “Since partnering with DFC, we have seen a strong upturn in deployment across both Northern and Southern Ireland. More businesses are looking to utilise the latest technology with a trusted brand and deliver additional benefits to their own networks.
“DFC and the RAC engage actively with clients interested in change, interested in making improvements and interested in better working practices. Having the support of DFC locally, and the strength of the RAC technology really is delivering a good news story to businesses and we look forward to the continuing development into the New Year.”