So­lu­tions to cut fleet man­age­ment costs

TRUCK­ING FEA­TURE

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Reporter

Badly-driven trucks can cost trans­port com­pa­nies thou­sands of rands, not only in fuel costs but also in in­creased ve­hi­cle main­te­nance and crashes.

But driv­ers who are prone to harsh ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and cor­ner­ing, to­gether with ex­ces­sive revving and idling, now have nowhere to hide thanks to tech­nol­ogy that can mon­i­tor their driv­ing be­hav­iour.

Cost man­age­ment is a core pil­lar of Ctrack by Inseego, a ve­hi­cle track­ing, fleet man­age­ment and in­sur­ance telem­at­ics so­lu­tions com­pany which arms com­pa­nies with in­for­ma­tion about how their ve­hi­cles are be­ing driven.

“Now more than ever it is im­por­tant to know where the costs lie in your busi­ness,” says Hein Jordt, MD of Ctrack SA. “Luck­ily, in the road trans­port and ve­hi­cle fleet sec­tors there are sev­eral ar­eas in which costs can be iden­ti­fied, man­aged and re­duced. When man­age­ment has pow­er­ful in­for­ma­tion about how their ve­hi­cles are be­ing driven, they can take the nec­es­sary re­me­dial steps to ad­dress th­ese prob­lems, re­duce their costs and po­ten­tially save lives.”

In­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Ctrack doesn’t just in­clude de­tails about how driv­ers are driv­ing ve­hi­cles, but also about their em­ploy­ees’ work­ing hours and whether or not ve­hi­cles are be­ing driven for busi­ness or pri­vate pur­poses.

The user in­ter­face pro­vides an in­stant snap­shot of the lo­ca­tion of ve­hi­cles and as­sets, ei­ther through lists or map views. It is pos­si­ble to see if trucks are be­ing used dur­ing pro­hib­ited times or in ar­eas they are not al­lowed to be in, all from the palm of a fleet man­ager’s hand on a mo­bile de­vice.

Routes can be sched­uled and op­ti­mised for ef­fi­ciency, so ve­hi­cles will travel fewer kilo­me­tres and get to their destinations quicker. Man­agers of trans­port com­pa­nies can take it even fur­ther, by cre­at­ing driver rat­ings or sav­ing and ex­port­ing re­ports on fuel us­age and worked hours.

“Ctrack does not take a ‘one­size-fits-all’ ap­proach when it comes to its soft­ware so­lu­tions, ei­ther. In­stead it of­fers prod­ucts, like Ctrack Drive, that are highly spe­cific to a par­tic­u­lar mar­ket de­mand,” says Jordt. “Ctrack Drive is de­signed for small busi­nesses and solves the unique chal­lenges SMMEs face in SA. Its fea­tures are easy to use, af­ford­able to im­ple­ment and ef­fec­tive in pro­vid­ing busi­ness in­sights.”

Fleet man­agers get a de­tailed real-time view of how their ve­hi­cles are be­ing driven.

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