COVID-19 lockdown harshest in UK, according to new CV telematics benchmarking tool28 May 2020

The UK has witnessed some of the lowest levels of commercial transport activity in Europe compared to the pre-COVID baseline, particularly since 23 March.

Since then, it has been hovering in the 50-60% range, and as of 22 May commercial transport activity still only sits at 65%.

Those are among the data insights from the Commercial Mobility Recovery Dashboard, a new overview of information taken from more than three million connected vehicles worldwide, published by Webfleet Solutions and Geotab. By combining their data analytics, they say that they aim to offer a greater level of insight that can help empower and inform the decision making of businesses and governments as they continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19.

According to the Commercial Mobility Recovery Dashboard, commercial vehicle activity in Europe dropped as much as 36% during the pandemic, whereas North American commercial vehicle activity only dropped by 20% at its lowest point. At launch, the dashboard shows that, excluding holidays, commercial vehicle activity in Europe (May 18 - 20) reached 86% of its normal activity levels while commercial vehicle activity in North America (May 19 - 22) was at 90%.

In addition, there have been faster recovery rates in Europe, with commercial vehicle activity increasing more rapidly from its lowest point compared to North America. Excluding weekends and holidays, traffic increased by 4.6% based on activity levels from May 11-15 to May 18-20. That is nearly double the increase in North American commercial vehicle activity over the same period.

“As industries, businesses, countries and cities begin to explore and enact their post-COVID-19 strategies, commercial transportation activity can and should be used as a key indicator of economic health,” said Neil Cawse, CEO, Geotab. “Together with Webfleet Solutions, we are uniquely positioned to leverage and analyse our data for the greater good and provide deep, data-driven insights like never before for our collective customers and communities alike. This dashboard not only serves as a tool for COVID-19 recovery efforts but reflects the power of connected vehicle data as an essential tool to support unified, global recovery efforts across oceans, borders and industries.”

The Commercial Mobility Recovery Dashboard analyses aggregated and anonymised data from over 3 million connected vehicles from more than 100,000 combined Geotab and Webfleet Solutions fleet customers including last mile delivery vehicles, long-haul heavy trucks and emergency and first responder vehicles.

The dashboard will provide weekly updates on the state of commercial transportation activity across both Europe and North America.

William Dalrymple

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