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Telematics are a necessity, say operators

  • 18 May 2009
  • By Roger Brown

Every haulier will soon need satellite navigation and vehicle tracking systems to survive business and legal pressures, according to operators using the technology.

Paul Abbott, operations director at Kettering, Northants-based Knights of Old, which uses a system from Navman Wireless, says: “The equipment lets us know where our vehicles are; it means we can plan journeys a bit better, cut down on wasted trips and minimise empty running.

“It’s also good from the legal and compliance points of view.

“We couldn’t go back to the old system now, and I would have thought that in two or three years time, all haulage firms will need it to survive.”

Nigel Machado, managing director at Transhaul in Leighton Buzzard, Beds, claims vehicle tracking has “helped improve efficiency for haulage firms”.

He says:”We are also able to give clients up-to-date information regarding location and expected vehicle arrival times. On top of this, we gain valuable management reports and information such as vehicle idle times, over speeding and drivers’ hours, to mention a few. It has also helped with reducing our insurance premiums”.

Machado thinks that not every road transport firm will eventually adopt telematics, but more progressive companies will.

John Wisdom, group sales and marketing director at telematics supplier Cybit, says haulage firms “of all sizes” are beginning to appreciate the “significant benefits” that can be derived through use of telematics.

“The technology allows our customers to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies,” he says. “It includes tools to help haulage firms comply with the increasing legislative, taxation and compliance burden that is associated with operating.”

Craig Sears-Black, sales and marketing director at Isotrak, adds: “We believe that telematics users can help themselves choose wisely by following a few simple rules: only invest in telematics in support of a clearly defined business goal; look at the long-term return on investment, not the short-term cost per vehicle or mile; seek out a long-term partner and take references from existing customers.”

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/Telematics-are-a-necessity-say-operators