Kwik-Fit installs Big Brother

Kwik-Fit has added black box telematics to its 200 strong UK fleet of vans in an effort to improve driver behaviour and increase levels of operating efficiency.

The automotive services firm has long used tracking technology in its vehicles, having fitted trackers in their vans for the past 15 years.

The latest update in the technology fitted comes after a six month trial with equipment from Telogis, providers of cloud based fleet management software.

The telematics system will look at driver behaviour including braking and acceleration and will eventually be linked back to the fleet tyre store to enable the ordering of tyres when they are needed for replacement.

Record fleet demand with Ogilvie customers

Order books have reached record levels as demand has picked up for vans and cars among business customers according to fleet company Ogilvie Fleet.

Ogilvie’s order book broke through 500 vehicles in May, the first time it has done so, and the company reports that it is now on track to have more than 4,000 vehicles by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.

Ogilvie expects this to help push the company to a growth rate of 10% and a total book size of 12,000 vehicles by the end of that financial year.

Nick Hardy, fleet sales and marketing director at Ogilvie puts the success of the business down to recent investment and improvements to its customer service function.

Lex Autolease launches Customer Alerts service
Lex Autolease has launched an alerts service designed to help customers improve the running of their fleets.

The service includes 50 separate alerts, covering the entire life-span of the vehicle, and is fully customisable to fit individual fleets and drivers.

The alerts cover such topics as completion of an order, prompts to book MOTs and notices if a customer is nearing a mileage parameter. These are then sent as either texts or emails.

Viezu installs fuel saving software
Vehicle remapping company Viezu Technologies has installed its fuel saving Blue Optimize product on Walsall based HomeServe’s fleet of light commercial business.

Blue Optimize aims to limit fuel consumption through a combination of throttle, rev, speed and power limiting.

Jadon Silva, HomeServe’s director of procurement said "Not only have we been able to make significant reductions in our vehicles emissions, we expect to cut fuel costs by 15 per cent."

ECO Stars project to launch in Sefton
The European Reference group has launched a fleet project named "ECO Stars" in Liverpool to help fleet managers adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

The scheme encourages fleet operators to improve efficiency and reduce both fuel consumption and emissions.

Upon joining, fleets are assessed to determine both operational and environmental performance levels, and awarded a rating of 1 to 5 stars.

Fleet operators are then provided with an action plan containing tailored advice towards helping them achieve greater efficiency.

Peter Evans, Liverpool City Region Freight Co-ordinator, said: "The current development of the Liverpool Superport to host post Panamax vessels and a predicted future increase in port traffic were the key factors in the decision to launch an ECO Stars scheme in Sefton.

VUE launches fleet tracker app for smartphones
VUE’s VUEtrak tracking and telematics software has been adapted for use as a smartphone app, according to the company.

The software enables fleet managers to monitor their entire fleet from their computer or smartphone, giving them real time access to both vehicle locations and CO2 emissions.

According to VUE, the app’s ability to produce driver score reports can help operators pinpoint potential cost saving areas.