Fuel management service makes savings for Maxi Haulage 08 June 2010

Haulage, distribution and logistics provider Maxi Haulage's managing director, Alan Miles, says he is "quite optimistic" over the results of trials with Volvo's Fuel Management Service (FMS) at his company's Wrexham depot.

"The intention is to roll out FMS to other Maxi Haulage depots now, such as the Maxi vehicles based at our Warwick location," says Miles.

Overall year-to-date fuel usage, as measured over a mixed age group of Volvo and Renault trucks during the worst winter weather for decades, has improved by 3.28%, he confirms. "Once the figures have been annualised to take into account seasonal effects, we believe 8% will be achieved," comments Miles.

He also says that, compared to the initial data set, using Dynafleet telematics, recorded in November, before driver development had taken place, Maxi Haulage's Wrexham depot drivers have improved in all areas of driver behaviour. Milers cites coasting, cruise control and top gear usage as particular areas of improvement and adds that engine idling has reduced from 11.54% to 8%.

FMS involves audits of operators' current fuel consumption and driver performance, backed up by long-term action plans and monitoring of fuel usage via Dynafleet.

Brian Tinham

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