Lincoln-based distributor Commercial Catering Equipment Specialists (CCES) has invested in high tech fleet trackers for its vehicles.
One engineer’s vehicle and two delivery/collection vehicles are now being tracked by a system from GPS Live. This enables the dealer to monitor the vehicles’ live position and review routes and historical journeys.
There are number of sensors that are able to monitor the vehicles’ fuel levels and usage, vehicle speed, mileage, battery condition, maintenance requirements from services due to MOT tests etc and driving standards such as harsh braking and acceleration.
CCES MD Simon Dann revealed: “At the start of 2022, we had two new members of staff joining the team and it resulted in three vehicles being in daily use. With daily collections, deliveries and engineer site visits it was clear we needed to improve our efficiency in both time and costs. It was in preparation of this that the decision was made to fit trackers.”
He underlined: “In order to manage our fleet efficiently, both in time and costs, it is important to ensure our vehicles are driven efficiently. This reduces time in motion, maintenance costs and fuel costs. Driving training focused on safety and efficient driving can then be tailored to suit each individual driver and vehicle based on the data the tracking system provides.
“Knowing where our vehicles are at any given time ensures we can send the best suited vehicle to any urgent site visit requirement. Not having to call our drivers to establish location is safer than trying to call a driver whilst they may be driving, we can also ensure we only contact drivers when they are stopped.
“Trackers also provide added security as we are notified by the system should there be voltage drop (opened door) or ignition start outside of our business hours, alerting us to a potential vehicle break in or theft.”
Dann believes CCES’ customers will see a number of benefits following this investment. He concluded: “Real-time tracking allows us to advise customers of more precise arrival times, ensuring staff are not waiting unnecessarily. It also reduces our costs, and ensures we can reduce our customers’ costs. As our fuel and vehicle maintenance is increasing, improving our efficiencies enables us to absorb much of these costs.
“Most importantly, reducing our environmental impact by maximising our fuel efficiency is a consideration of our customers and should be an important factor in every business.”