SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissions

Working with vehicle telematics specialists, CMS SupaTrak, Les Smith Haulage are lowering their fuel bills by over £3,000 per month. The technology company, established in Swindon in 1993, helps businesses across the UK and Europe to manage driver behaviour and work with their employees to improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and promote road safety.

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialistCMS SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissions

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissionsWorking with vehicle telematics specialists, CMS SupaTrak, Les Smith Haulage are lowering their fuel bills by over £3,000 per month. The technology company, established in Swindon in 1993, helps businesses across the UK and Europe to manage driver behaviour and work with their employees to improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and promote road safety.

Les Smith Haulage is a Swindon based family run business that has been running fleet operations for over 30 years. In 2014, Les Smith Haulage began investigating telematics systems available in the market with a view to introducing the technology onto each of their 30 HGVs. After exploring the options available from a number of suppliers, they agreed to enter into a fully managed trial with CMS SupaTrak. The objective of this trial was to assess the system’s ability to address the operational challenges faced by the haulage operator, both now and in the future.

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissionsDuring the initial consultations between CMS SupaTrak and Les Smith Haulage, the business owners identified their key goal as the improvement of operational efficiency across their fleet management activities. As a result, an agreement was put in place with CMS SupaTrak that if fuel savings of over 4 per cent were achieved during the trial process, Les Smith Haulage would agree to roll out the technology across the entire fleet. The first stage of the managed trial process was driven by Transport Manager, Nick Smith, who selected 3 vehicles and 3 drivers, to participate in the trial.

Once the technology was installed, CMS SupaTrak began a comprehensive fleet audit which involved benchmarking the vehicle’s and driver’s current performance in order to identify trends in behaviour and key areas for improvement. The 3 keys areas that were initially observed as requiring improvement for Les Smith Haulage’s drivers were over revving, excessive throttle use and unnecessary idling.

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissionsIn response to this, CMS SupaTrak put in place a programme of Driver EcoCoaching, targeting these specific areas; all of which are influencing factors on fuel and carbon efficiency. The EcoCoaching sessions comprise an introductory presentation and system overview, which engages the drivers in the fuel saving process and encouraging participation.

At this stage, the in cab driver behaviour alerts device (SDA) was installed in the trial vehicles. This device reinforces the training given during the EcoCoaching sessions and ensures improvements to driver performance are sustained.

An immediate improvement in driver style was witnessed in the first few days after EcoCoaching, which continued throughout the course of the trial period. Speaking to the drivers involved in the trial, it was apparent that they became more aware of their own driving style and were able to take corrective action before an alert was generated.

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissionsTransport Manager, Nick Smith commented says that “having an integrated system allowed us to have complete fleet visibility for the first time, coupled with driver information, traffic data and remaining driver’s hours. It put us in a better position to make informed decisions and increase productivity.”

At the end of the trial process, a fuel reduction of over 6 per cent was observed, equating to a saving of over £100 per vehicle per month. The drivers’ behaviour’s had also dramatically improved, leading to additional benefits including reduced vehicle wear and tear and improved road safety. The team at Les Smith Haulage also benefitted from a reduction in administration and the introduction of more constructive communication between channels between the management team and the drivers.

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissionsAssured that EcoTrak met their requirements, Les Smith Haulage proceeded to roll out the technology across the entire fleet. Nick Smith explains that “the process we went through with CMS SupaTrak was stringent and well managed. They worked closely with us and supported the business and the drivers with the introduction of the new technology.”

Swindon-based vehicle technology specialist SupaTrak works with local haulage firm to reduce their fuel costs and lower carbon emissionsThe system has since become an integral part of their fleet management process and, as such, Nick Smith has expressed his confidence in the system’s ability to support the business as it grows and increased operational demands ensue.

 

 

 

 

 

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