Travis Perkins cuts costs and increases vehicle safety with telematics

Construction supplier Travis Perkins says a new vehicle telematics system from Masternaut has helped it cut costs and significantly increase safety across the business, reducing accident figures over a five year period.

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Construction supplier Travis Perkins says a new vehicle telematics system from Masternaut has helped it cut costs and significantly increase safety across the business, reducing accident figures over a five-year period.

The Travis Perkins Group uses Masternaut’s technology across its 3,000-strong commercial fleet. The telematics system is used across the fleet to improve fleet efficiency and customer service, cut costs and reduce emissions.

Since using the technology, Travis Perkins says it has seen a reduction in fuel costs of over £1.4 million to date, a 70 percent daily reduction in vehicle idling, as well as reduced depot turnaround times from 45 minutes to an average of 25 minutes.

In order to introduce these initiatives, Travis Perkins needed a way to accurately monitor and record the behaviour of its drivers and determine those who are exhibiting the best driving performance across the group.

This information needed to be available in real-time, to promote and enable improved safety and driver awareness "on-the-job", as well as being recorded in highly detailed retrospective reports.

With thousands of drivers across the organisation involved, these reports needed to offer the functionality to drill down into individual driver performance, as well as providing top-level visibility into overall trends in order to develop ranked league tables.

The focus on safety awareness associated with the company's Safer Roads initiative meant that fleet and HR managers also required a system that could highlight individual driver habits, such as harsh braking, speeding or idling. The Safer Roads initiative uses data provided by Masternaut technology to identify drivers that show signs of requiring one-to-one coaching.

All information generated by Masternaut is transmitted from the vehicle in real-time, as well as being compiled into reports which are delivered back to the group’s head office for full analysis.

As well as receiving formal coaching, drivers receive real-time training via Masternaut’s in-cab light bar, which instantly alerts the driver when they need to alter what they are doing – whether they need to slow down or brake less harshly. As a result, accident figures over the last five years have reduced.

"We have seen tangible benefits from the system across the whole of the organisation and a direct impact on our bottom line, with significant cost savings year-on-year," said Richard Horton, head of transport development at Travis Perkins.

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