Ernest Cooper hauls in £125k fuel saving with TomTom Telematics16 April 2015

Haulier Ernest Cooper says it is expecting to cut its annual fuel bill by more than £125,000, after significant improvements to driver behavior – and fuel economy – since implementing TomTom Telematics’ Webfleet system.

The South Kirkby, West Yorkshire-based bulk tipping firm trialled several systems, but selected TomTom after finding it suited its objectives and was "superior to other options".

OptiDrive and the Webfleet fleet management system are now used across the 25-strong fleet. In the first two months of use, Ernest Cooper saw fuel efficiency improve by 14% and negative driving events drop by 63%.

The haulier uses OptiDrive – a driver behaviour monitoring tool – to deliver both on-the-road coaching to drivers and full post-trip evaluation reports to managers.

"Because our drivers now get real time visual alerts on their in-cab device when they are speeding or braking and cornering too harshly, they can respond instantly," says Jason Cooper, director at Ernest Cooper.

"The dramatic effect on fuel efficiency means that we are now planning to introduce the technology across our growing sub-contractor fleet. "

Ernest Cooper will also now integrate Webfleet with LGV-specific routing and scheduling software from Stirling Solutions. This will allow integrated order management with the TomTom Telematics PRO 8275 TRUCK ruggedised driver terminal.

Cooper adds: "The latest system will significantly improve our outstanding customer service standards by giving up-to-date ETAs for each job.

"Being able to communicate job schedule details directly to drivers, without having to text or phone them, stops any ambiguity or details getting lost in translation. It will help us to run our fleet much more efficiently."

Laura Cork

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