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Telematics slashes company's fuel bill

A LOGISTICS company is set to slash £800,000 from its annual fuel bill after introducing a telematics system across its 500-vehicle fleet.

Following an 11-week trial of the VeMIS system, Wiltshire-based Fiege Merlin noted savings on fuel and insurance, a reduction in accident rates, reduced vehicle downtime and a more reliable service.

The logistics company has fitted the system to a range of vehicles, including 3.5-tonne vans. Fiege Merlin initially opted for the VeMIS package for its 'driver coaching system' which uses flashing lights to alert drivers of over-revving, road speed, braking and rest times.

Declan Connolly, chief financial officer at Fiege Merlin, said: 'This on-the-spot prompting was one of my main reasons for choosing VeMIS 3 over any other telematics system. It is a unique feature and those annoying dashboard lights certainly have the right effect.'

The VeMIS system monitors behaviour that affects fuel consumption, providing data that can be downloaded on to Windows-based computer systems.

Connolly added: 'I wanted to improve our fleet's fuel economy, but I was keen to reduce spending on insurance and to cut what I saw as an unacceptable level of bills caused by vehicles being involved in accidents.

'With fuel, we identified a target improvement figure of 4% but the overall results proved to be even better than we'd hoped for, and were more than good enough to make a clear-cut case in favour of installing the systems across the entire fleet.'

During the 11-week trial of the system, Fiege Merlin also recorded a drop in the number of accidents across the fleet.

'Throughout the period of the trial there were no incidents on any of the vehicles fitted with the VeMIS systems, whereas the previous law of averages suggested that at least one would be involved in some kind of accident,' Connolly said.

The VeMIS system also provides a satellite tracking system enabling stolen vehicles to be located and recovered.

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