Garic saves £50,000 fuel costs with TomTom Telematics22 May 2015

Plant hire company Garic has revealed annual fuel savings of more than £50,000 since starting to monitor driver behaviour across its 45-strong sales and delivery fleet.

The company used TomTom Telematics' Webfleet fleet management system to help drive its performance improvement programme, and says it has seen mpg efficiency soar across its mixed fleet of HGVs, vans and cars.

Garic logistics manager Phil Hibbert explains that delivery drivers receive a weekly bonus if they hit agreed performance targets for fuel consumption.

"Webfleet was essential for us to introduce the bonus scheme as it gave us the tools to monitor performance and to demonstrate the optimum mpg our drivers could achieve," he says.

"HGV idling time has dropped dramatically since we introduced the scheme, with drivers now thinking about the fuel consumption figures much more and changing their driving styles accordingly to achieve the weekly fuel bonus," he continues.

"In addition to the substantial fuel savings, our hire desk team are using Webfleet to provide customers with accurate, real time, ETAs," he adds.

The OptiDrive indicator in Webfleet combines fuel efficiency information with speeding, idling, harsh steering and braking data, to score and profile every driver.

Drivers are empowered to correct poor driving style on the move through real-time feedback on driving style via their in-vehicle driver terminal.

Brian Tinham

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