Miniclipper Logistics has taken nine new Euro 6 MAN TGX tractor units and two new Euro 6 Volvo FL5 12 tonne rigids from Dawsonrentals, all with full Microlise fleet management systems on board. The installation also includes forward-facing cameras linked to the system.
Miniclipper fleet director, Dave Lightfoot, said, “We did put telematics on our fleet a number of years ago, but expect this to be a major improvement. It’s easy to invest in systems, but not always so easy to make them work for you – so we have set clear targets to ensure we get the right return on this investment. Microlise’s Benefit Realisation Consultancy will also monitor these targets and, if they’re not reached, a prompt is triggered and we will jointly develop an improvement plan.”
The choice of Dawsonrentals as vehicle suppliers, says Lightfoot, was simple. The logistics company already had a good working relationship with them, the rates offered made sense of the re-fleeting process, and they were able to maintain the MAN bias in the Miniclipper fleet. Dawsonrentals also worked closely with Miniclipper in making joint decisions to select and scope the Microlise set-up with them.
“The aftersales service we experience, including local MAN dealer, John Arnold Commercials Ltd., is second to none, with vehicle servicing always out of hours so downtime is minimal.” he adds.
Among the targets set by Miniclipper are: improved MPG through daily analysis of vehicle/driver performance; enhanced fleet performance information to optimise utilisation; reduced downtime by vehicle ‘health’ monitoring; better route compliance with integrated TMS alerts of major non-compliance events; more accurate driver management before, during and after a route, including identification of any driver training and corrective action needs; more accurate data for improved planning. In addition, says Lightfoot, “We expect the forward facing cameras should reduce our driving incident rates, improve safe driving and reduce insurance claims.”
Miniclipper will now begin an extensive period of assessing the new vehicles and the impact of the Microlise systems. With the vehicles only joining the fleet in early April it is still far too early for any judgements to be made: the management team is still getting used to the system. As an existing user of telematics, however, Miniclipper is looking for an initial 5% fuel reduction.
Says Dave Lightfoot, “With the help of the Microlise benefits management team we will set further targets and methodically tighten these to levels that will be realistic and achievable. The new trucks are all Euro 6, replacing Euro 5 engine trucks, so there will be a period of time, base-lining, for data to be gathered before the go-live date and the final setting of targets.”
“Overall,” he concludes, “the operation is expecting to derive real benefit with a reduction of fuel consumption and carbon footprint, as well as the opportunity to enhance customer satisfaction based on information the system will provide.”