Fleet operators are being offered access to 10 key fleet management tools for less than £5 per month per vehicle.
The tools, which target fuel savings, meet duty of care requirements, highlight aggressive and costly drivers, accurately record all mileages and identify vehicle faults and when servicing is due, are being offered by Ebbon-Dacs and vGroup International, in conjunction with their recently launched moDrive telematics solution which is attracting interest right across the fleet market.
One major leasing company with several thousand vehicles is already in the process of implementing moDrive for all its new client vehicles, while talks are ongoing with several other large fleets plus a number of motor manufacturers.
The management tools available through moDrive allow fleet managers to tackle all the major areas of fleet concern they face in the coming year.
Through moDrive, fleet managers can accurately capture all mileages, see the results of diagnostic vehicle checks, anticipate when servicing is due, reduce wear and tear costs, identify expenses fraud through a centralised expense report, highlight rogue driving behaviours and monitor duty of care information, as well as being able to store unlimited amounts of data.
Put together, these tools allow fleet managers and other end users to run their fleets more efficiently and cost effectively as well as meeting legal requirements such as duty of care.
The moDrive system is based around the most sophisticated and proven dealer-fit, black box hardware, currently utilised by tens of thousands of vehicles throughout the UK.
Unlike many other systems on the market today, it does not automatically include vehicle tracking side stepping driver privacy concerns, especially in company car fleets. Tracking is usually only required for on-road sales forces, light commercial vehicles and vehicle groups.
For those fleets that do need or want it, however, the location tracking functionality within moDrive can also be easily switched on at the fitting stage or during the lifetime of the contract.
“Through moDrive, fleet operators get is access to 10 key fleet management tools that allow for a more cost efficient and legally compliant operation of their vehicle fleets – all for less than £5 per month,” said Robert Pilkington, managing director of the Leaselink International division of Ebbon-Dacs.
“We are well aware of some of the negative implications associated with the tracking functionality of telematics for company cars. But, with moDrive, fleet users do not need to have the tracking option. Instead, they can use its cutting edge functionality to run their fleet more efficiently and cost effectively.”
Studies show that some fleets still see the high cost of telematics as a major barrier to wider uptake in the fleet market, with telematics providers charging significant amounts per vehicle for their services. The moDrive proposition, however, provides cheaper, yet cutting edge functionality that meets most fleet operators’ needs.
With the moDrive solution, data from each vehicle is transmitted to a state-of-the-art hosting facility where it is processed and made available in a variety of reporting formats.
Mileage capture can monitor service intervals for all manufacturer makes and models and, in some cases, the vehicle’s own service countdown data can be provided, enabling end-users to control when and where the vehicle will be serviced, potentially reducing costs.
Vicky Arnold, head of sales at vGroup International, said: “We are making this new offer with moDrive at what we believe is a realistic price per vehicle because we believe the fleet management tools it provides can play a huge part in the more efficient operation of many vehicle fleets.
“At the same time, Ebbon-Dacs’ existing Leaselink infrastructure and vGroup’s existing logistics infrastructure gives us a unique cost base and a unique customer offering, and allows us to keep the entry price for moDrive as cost-effective and low as possible,” she said.