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Safety and efficiency gains for Plumbase fleet

company car outside Plumbase depot

Plumbase says it is saving money and improving road safety after installing driver behaviour technology in 220 company cars.

The plumbing and heating merchant does not track the vehicles – it uses the devices from Trakm8 to monitor the safety and efficiency of their drivers.

Plugging into a car’s on-board diagnostics port, the device monitors high-risk and fuel-burning behaviours, such as over-revving, harsh braking, sharp cornering and speeding.

Drivers receive a percentage score for each journey, with a high score indicating smoother and safer driving. Each driver can view their own score in the Trakm8 Drive app; while the transport manager can view all scores.

Plumbase says that within three months, the average score across the company rose from 72% to an 84%. It has also established a Driver of the Month competition to incentivise employees to continue increasing their scores.

Nigel Grainger, transport manager for Plumbase, said: “An increase of 12 percentage points is really pleasing, as it demonstrates that our company car drivers are fully engaged with this initiative.

“We are also getting reports of much-improved fuel economy, meaning that we are saving money and reducing emissions from our car fleet as well.”

The company was also able to negotiate a reduction in its insurance premium for implementing the technology.

It said it chose Trakm8 as it was able to provide a plug-n-play solution for the company cars, using their on-board diagnostics (OBD) ports. Furthermore, Plumbase already had hardwired Trakm8 telematics units in all of its 200 delivery vehicles, providing vehicle tracking, driver behaviour and driver identification.

 



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