KWIK FIT PUTS SAFETY AND SECURITY FIRST AS IT EQUIPS MOBILE FLEET WITH FRONT, REAR AND CAB-FACING CAMERAS
Front, rear and cab-facing cameras are being fitted to Kwik Fit’s 200-strong fleet of mobile vans in the latest move to further improve the safety and security of technicians as well as other road users. Forty Kwik Fit Mobile vans have already been equipped and it is anticipated that the entire fleet will be fitted with the suite of cameras by the end of 2015. The cameras record a driver’s view of the road ahead, what’s happening behind the vehicle and a technician’s in cab behaviour while driving.
- A reduced risk of fraudulent insurance claims from third parties
- Improved security for technicians when on the road – earlier this year a technician was attacked at knife point in London and tyres on his van were stolen.
- Video evidence from cameras available in the event of any complaint about a technician’s driving behaviour
- Allied to management information already collated from telematics technology fitted to the Mobile vans, video from the cameras will be used as a training tool as part of technicians’ performance review.
Kwik Fit fleet operations director Simon Lucas said: “Our primary reason for installing the cameras is to reduce the company’s exposure to fraudulent insurance claims. Unfortunately, crash for cash scams are all too frequent. However, there is clear evidence that if vehicles are fitted with video recording cameras the risk reduces. The company will also be able to use video evidence in the event of any bad driving complaints against our employees and if they are involved in an incident.”
Industry evidence suggests that fleets already equipping vehicles with the technology have transformed their accident frequency, claims record and significantly reduced incident costs. The suite of cameras further adds to the range of safety technology fitted to Kwik Fit Mobile vans following the addition of telematics last year. Telematics devices were installed to all Mobile vans with the dual aim of further improving driver behaviour on the road and boosting customer service to even higher levels via operating efficiency improvements.
Mr Lucas said: “Mobile technicians naturally adopted a more sympathetic driving style with the introduction of telematics and the decision to install cameras into vehicles further encourages that trend.”
In the 12 months since the vehicles were equipped with telematics, average fuel efficiency across the fleet of 3.5 tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinters and Renault Masters has improved 15%. Kwik Fit attributes the MPG improvements to a combination of technicians adopting a smoother driving style and fuel economy improvements as new vans introduced to the fleet are equipped with the very latest engine technology.
In a further development eight company cars driven by managers responsible for Kwik Fit Mobile are to be fitted with telematics devices over the coming weeks. The company car driven by Mr Lucas is the first to be equipped and he said: “Kwik Fit believes it is one of the first organisations to fit telematics to company cars at management level.” The data recorded by the in-vehicle telemetry units monitors driver behaviour characteristics including acceleration and braking patterns, speeding and vehicle usage, fuel economy, vehicle idling and CO2 emissions; while real-time vehicle tracking enables driver/vehicle location to be monitored.
Mr Lucas said: “Best practice driver behaviour and the safety of all road users is important to Kwik Fit. Telematics has a role to play and having equipped the Mobile vans, we are now equipping management cars. My car will be the first to be equipped so I am leading by example.”
Kwik Fit Group
The Kwik Fit Group is the largest independent automotive parts, repair and replacement specialist in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Kwik Fit has national UK coverage of more than 600 service centres and 200 mobile tyre fitting vehicles, making it the UK’s leading tyre, exhaust, brake and MoT specialist.
The Group, which includes Kwik Fit Netherlands, as well as the UK operation, was established in 1971 and is now owned by the Japanese Itochu Corporation. Kwik Fit Fleet is a major supplier to many of the country’s leading contract hire and leasing companies and outright purchase fleets. The fast-fit company’s status as the corporate sector’s number one supplier for its comprehensive one-stop shop of fast-fit services is underlined by the fact that it has won more than 80 industry and customer awards in its 28-year history.