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Telematics: Chip shop firm batters down insurance costs

HOPKINS, the manufacturer and supplier of catering equipment, has received a rebate of £1,800 on its annual vehicle insurance premium from Norwich Union after fitting a telematics system from Masternaut.

Based in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, the company operates throughout the UK supplying fish and chip shops, restaurants, hotels and schools. The company operates a range of vehicles including cars, light vans and delivery trucks, all of which are equipped with Masternaut’s system.

Chris Hopkins, managing director, said: ‘We couldn’t operate our fleet without telematics. Even before the agreement with Norwich Union, the benefits provided by Masternaut delivered a return on our investment. The additional rewards we have received, including the insurance premium rebate of £1,800, mean that the service effectively pays for itself.’

The Masternaut service uses satellite positioning technology to calculate the position of individual vehicles, providing minute-by-minute and turn-by-turn records of movements. Using online street mapping from Microsoft, fleet managers can view vehicle movements in real time, via a secure log-in from any web-connected PC or hand-held device.

Emailed activity reports are automatically generated to eliminate paperwork and improving vehicle and driver records.

The Norwich Union scheme rewards fleet operators who have invested in an approved telematics device.

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