Bristol-based independent builders' merchant, Kellaway Building Supplies Limited, has invested in a bespoke MiX Telematics' Fleet Manager solution to support its Duty of Care obligations and develop the overall performance of its fleet. The West Country firm has equipped 18 heavy rigids with truck-mounted-cranes, two concrete mixers and a van with the system and is now reaping a raft of benefits spanning heath and safety to efficiency and economy in operation.
"In opting for a telematics solution, our overall goals were to improve safety and gain greater control over our transport fleet, which is spread around our ten depots," says Kellaway Building Supplies Operations and Commercial Director, Sean Morgan. "We had identified a number of concerns and business issues and MiX Telematics was able to provide answers to all our questions in a single system.
"In terms of safety, we were looking to minimise instances of the unsafe practice of trucks moving with their cranes up. MiX Telematics was able to incorporate the appropriate functionality into its solution. Now, should a driver move off without his crane stowed securely, a warning siren sounds in the cab and I receive automatically triggered email alert. This has had a marked effect in reducing the number of occurrences recorded.
"We have also fitted our vehicles with the onboard RIBAS system (see editor's note) to encourage better habits among our drivers. The most significant improvement here has been a massive reduction in idling time. Prior to fitment of RIBAS, I would estimate that 90 percent of our drivers allowed their vehicles to idle excessively. That figure is now down to something like five percent.
"Another key benefit to us is the system's vehicle tracking feature. This allows our Branch Managers to monitor precisely where their vehicles are at any given time and schedule loads and routeing accordingly. We also use the tracking system for insurance purposes to verify a vehicle's whereabouts at the time should any incidents involving it be reported."
In addition to using FM Web, MiX Telematics' online reporting system, to monitor fleet activity and generate reports which are automatically delivered to managers weekly and monthly, Kellaway Building Supplies has also invested in MiX Mobile. This innovative App offers a range of key features, including vehicle tracking and fleet monitoring, in a format specifically designed for smartphone technology.
"We find MiX Mobile a real boon to the business as it allows managers on the move to retain control over their vehicles at all time, no matter where they are," concludes Sean Morgan.
Editor's note: RIBAS
Offered as an optional extra to the Fleet Manager solution, RIBAS is a dashboard-mounted array of five LEDs which illuminate whenever the driver exceeds a pre-programmed vehicle parameter. Each LED is positioned alongside its corresponding letter, where:
R = over Revving
I = excessive Idling
B = harsh Braking
A = harsh Acceleration
S = over Speeding