Orbcomm telematics scores highly for Newell & Wright01 August 2019

Sheffield-based haulier Newell & Wright says its drivers are proactively improving their driving style, and in turn boosting fuel efficiency, since implementing a telematics solution from Orbcomm.

Instead of separate reports on safe driving, fuel performance and tachograph compliance, Orbcomm’s in-cab and back office solution is providing the operator with a combined driving style score for its 300-strong workforce.

Orbcomm’s driver performance scoring uses summary scores on criteria such as idling, harsh braking and acceleration, backed up by transparent data. In the cab, drivers receive immediate feedback and coaching. In the back office, drivers can be compared equally, with drill-downs available into any incident and performance in individual trucks to highlight anomalies in driving style across different vehicles.

League tables and scorecards bring the data to life and allow for sharing and easy interpretation by drivers and trainers. The operator says the drivers are self-correcting to improve their position against their peers.

“In general, across the whole fleet, we have a significant improvement in weekly scores,” says Stephen Newell, operations director at Newell & Wright.

“We very rarely have someone we need to monitor or speak to now. They see their own score; it is human nature to strive not to be at the bottom of the pile every week.”

The implementation of Orbcomm has reduce the operator’s admin workload, and it intends to go entirely paperless with a digitisation strategy this year.

Laura Cork

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