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Fleets give thumbs up for telematics

FLEET managers have given in-car telematics their backing following one of the biggest projects in fleet history to introduce the new technology.

Leasing firm ALD Automotive has pioneered the fitting of ProFleet2 telematics in more than 7,500 of its cars over the past two years. Now, fleet managers involved in the programme reckon they are starting to see the benefits.

David Gogerly, compensation and benefits manager at mobile phone company O2, which operates 1,500 user-chooser company cars, said data available from individual vehicles had improved administration efficiencies and reduced operating costs.

Gogerly said: ‘It has been particularly useful in ensuring vehicles are serviced on schedule. Previously, when drivers had to arrange their own vehicle servicing, schedules could be missed and management time was wasted resolving the problem.

‘The system is also able to monitor the mileage of each vehicle. This has enabled contracts to be rewritten, enabling O2 to significantly reduce both early return and end-of-life charges.’

Derek Watters, project manager at The Places for People Group, a housing and regeneration specialist with 180 LCVs, added: ‘We have found telematics to be a useful tool in terms of locating where our operatives are and the distances travelled, so we’ve been able to target resources in a more effective way. It has also removed the need for staff to provide odometer readings and arrange vehicle servicing, which is now all handled by our leasing provider.’

Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology business, operates a fleet of 310 cars and the introduction of this technology in the vehicles has resulted in significant benefits for drivers, according to compensation and benefits manager Terry Dunn.

ALD Automotive is intending to fit telematics to nearly all of its new vehicles, at no extra charge to its customers, and is planning further innovations.

Nigel Fletcher, deputy managing director, said: ‘In the future we intend to introduce a number of upgrades such as recording of journey speeds, braking distances and pre-crash data.’

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