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TomTom gets onboard with FTA Van Excellence – CV Show 2012

  • 22 February 2012
  • By Commercial Motor

The increasing focus on van safety has led to a big take up of the FTA Van Excellence scheme, and TomTom has signed up a partner supporting the FTA’s initiative.

TomTom Business Solutions now offers much more than just satnavs and will be showing its full range of integrated fleet management tools at the CV Show (stand 3C10).

The FTA is keen to avoid bring vans below 3.5t into the drivers hours and O-licensing regime and Van Excellence is designed to demonstrate that fleet van operators operate to similar high standards as large CVs. Currently 40 operators have signed up to the scheme. “Self-regulation is important in ensuring high levels of operational best practice and our technology can help provide the framework companies need to maintain those standards,” says Giles Margerison, director UK Ireland at TomTom Business Solutions.

Using TomTom’s Ecoplus and Optidrive modules linked to satnav units, fleets can measure and manage driver behaviours to improve fuel consumption, reduce accidents and detect ‘cash for crash’ scams. One operator running a mixed fleet of cars, vans and trucks saw average MPG increase from 20 to 44 across the fleet using TomTom’s full suite of fleet management products.

TomTom is negotiating with insurance companies to secure discounted premiums for operators who can prove they are taking action to cut accidents and improve the speed and accuracy of accident reporting.


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