Buffaload Logistics reports £4,000 a week fuel saving with Verilocation10 February 2015

Logistics firm Buffaload says it has cut fuel bills by £4,000 a week, after implementing Verilocation’s CANbus-based telematics, temperature monitoring and tracking systems across its truck and double-deck trailer fleet.

The Huntingdon-based business carried out a five-year review of its system and says the technology has enabled it to deliver training programmes to reduce poor driving behaviour, particularly around harsh braking and over-torqueing.

The net effect, says Buffaload, of better tractor and driver monitoring across the fleet, coupled with an ongoing driver bonus scheme, has resulted in the fuel savings of £4,000 per week.

The company reports further gains from the GPS tracking and telematics systems fitted to its 82 double-deck trailers, which operate either on dedicated contracts or are out on hire to customers.

"The on-board telematics system provides full visibility with real-time information regarding location and load temperature," explains Graham Usher, Buffaload's sales director.

"This means that our customers, including rental, can 'geofence' delivery routes and receive an alert when any trailer travels outside its prescribed territory or when a temperature threshold is breached."

Buffaload has also fitted some in-cab, 3G live streaming forward-facing cameras, also from Verilocation. Integrated with the vehicle tracking system, these enable the business to monitor – in real time – the operating environment of the vehicle and the driver's performance.

"This is relatively new technology but is already paying for itself," says Usher.

"The live camera and vehicle performance data feed gives us the information we need in relation to any issues arising from accidents, loss or damage on the road," he explains, adding that all relevant data is transmitted to a claims handler, should an incident occur.

"This system is expected to halve the cost of typical claims while significantly reducing accident risk into the bargain."

Laura Cork

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