NW Leicestershire District Council consolidates fleet systems

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is consolidating the safety, tracking and telematics equipment of its entire fleet by switching to the Fleetclear Connect software platform.

Andrew Mintram, Fleet Manager, NWLDC explained: “We invited suppliers to demonstrate their products and Fleetclear stood out from the start. We’ve been using their camera systems for years with great success and I like the fact that they have closed the loop by introducing their own software management platform. We can now get everything we need from one supplier.”

A powerful fleet management tool encompassing all aspects of vehicle and driver safety, operational efficiency, and compliance Fleetclear Connect brings together vehicle safety hardware, and combines it with GPS tracking, telematics, advanced data analysis and processing techniques.

All data is displayed on a user friendly, customisable dashboard and stored on Fleetclear’s cyber secure servers, where it can be accessed via the internet.

A great feature of Fleetclear Connect is the ability to customise the dashboard with the specific information that is critical for each service or operational area. In the case of NWLDC each department can now view a customised dashboard and data particular to its own needs.

Andrew added: “The driver management tools are invaluable. We were unable to identify who was driving which vehicle, and that meant we couldn’t properly performance manage our driver force. Now we can incentivise and reward best driving practice as well as identify any specific training needs quickly. This helps us to mitigate vehicle damage costs and improve fuel efficiency as we can set up alerts for harsh braking, poor driving technique or speeding.

In a phased approach the council first migrated its waste collection fleet over to the Fleetclear Connect system and claims it made an impact in ‘weeks if not days’. The remainder of the fleet, which facilitates the housing and grounds maintenance departments, is currently being transferred over to the platform.

Andrew continued: “We have access to much more information, and we don’t need 3 or 4 logins to access it! We can track and monitor the fleet more effectively. For example, in the case of waste collections we have set up alert zones where there are weight limits, so we don’t overload any of the vehicles. We can even add hire vehicles onto the same system thanks to an OBD (On Board Diagnostic) tracking unit.”

Chris Waller, Chief Technical Officer, Fleetclear said: “We are enjoying working with NWLDC and delighted that our system is having such a positive impact on the council’s fleet operations. We have developed some innovative features to enable a proactive approach to safety such as heat mapping to highlight potential safety concerns. Fleet managers are able to drill down to specific events, find an exact moment in time and share a video of it. It’s a powerful user journey that leads to a better understanding of how a fleet is performing not just overall, but by department, vehicle type or individual driver.”

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