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New strategic partnership in France for telematics provider Transpoco

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Telematics provider Transpoco has just ratified a strategic partnership in France with waterless car-wash company Ecowash. The official signing of this partnership took place on the 16th of March, 2017 at the Irish Embassy in Paris. Transpoco was in fact on that occasion one of the Enterprise Ireland client companies invited to sign agreements with French firms during a trade mission led by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.

 

New strategic partnership in France for telematics provider Transpoco 1.jpgLeft to right: Irish Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, Ambassador Byrne Nason, Leo McAdams Divisional Manager ICT & International Traded Services at Enterprise Ireland, Guillaume Hernoux, Head of Channel at Transpoco, Olivier Couly, CEO at Ecowash signing the agreement in Paris.

 

On this day in March 2017, the representatives of Enterprise Ireland, a Government agency supporting Irish businesses and their expansion in the global markets, and Minister Leo Varadkar met Ecowash CEO Oliver Couly and Transpoco’s Head of Channel Guillaume Hernoux in Paris at the Irish embassy, while also looking forward to the celebrations for St. Patrick’s the following day.

Ecowash, currently promoting the product “Wash&Check”, which combines an eco-friendly vehicle wash with a vehicle check reporting on status of the vehicle and possible sources of costs directed to end-users, will provide with Transpoco a cutting-edge solution for fleets consolidating the data obtained in the washing process. The solution, born from the joint work of Ecowash and Transpoco, is called “Wash&SynX” and combines all the advantages of fleet management software with those of a green vehicle wash. In particular, Wash&SynX will allow fleet managers to optimise the management of their vehicles, their maintenance and vehicle checks procedures as well as offer enhanced security for their staff.

The partnership was formalized in October 2016 and both companies recently took part in the international event “Rencontres Flotauto” held in Paris on the 9th of March, 2017. Ecowash and Transpoco had a joint stand at the event where more than 170 exhibitors took part and was attended by around 3000 professionals.

 

New strategic partnership in France for telematics provider Transpoco 2.jpgLeft to right: Jordan Herisse, Franchise Manager at Ecowash, Olivier Couly, CEO at Ecowash, Guillaume Hernoux, Head of Channel at Transpoco, Christophe Guegan, Commercial Director for Transpoco France, Maxime Piveteau and Corentin Leclercq, Channel Managers at Transpoco at the Flotauto event in Paris.

 

According to Leo McAdams, Enterprise Ireland’s director of international sales and partnering, “France is a critically important market and Enterprise Ireland continues to support Irish companies with global ambition to exploit business development opportunities in the French market to sustain export growth in 2017.”

 

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Questions to ask if you outsource to a fleet management service provider

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Your choices for a fleet management solution might include managing your vehicles yourself, outsourcing to a fleet management service provider or even employing the services of an inhouse fleet manager, depending on the type of company you work in, on the vehicles you own and on the activity of your business.

 

As we have reiterated in previous posts, there is no correct or incorrect choice, it basically depends on your activity and your needs. However, for any of the options you might choose, there is still a right and wrong approach; it is important to adopt the correct way by ensuring the responsibility for any action is clearly established by all parties concerned.

 

1. Compliance

This part of fleet management is sometimes so complicated that a lot of companies actually choose to outsource it just to avoid the bother. A good fleet management service provider will be responsible for arranging vehicle testing and recording results, having a proper fleet policy that ensures drivers possess the necessary qualifications and for setting up a system able to speed up vehicle checks as well as recording results. Nevertheless, ensure this part is included in the service provided and check which paperwork is involved.

 

2. Telematics

Telematics systems today are used to get the most out of your vehicles in terms of saving money, saving fuel and maintenance costs, but also to speed up manual processes. And, in case you decide to outsource to a fleet management company, the telematics software interface will, apart from helping you to always keep an eye on the situation, allow increased visibility and control from the same perspective as your service provider at any given moment; so this is definitely a point worth double checking with them!

 

3. Driver behaviour

While on the subject of telematics, some of the systems actually in use also offer precious insights regarding your team’s driving style, indicating whether they practice speeding or unsafe driving and whether there is a need for training; it is also possible to set up a maintenance schedule when needed.

 

4. Fleet optimisation

If you have decided to outsource to a fleet management service provider, it could be because you need expertise to manage your fleet—something you hope to expect from a provider—so, if you plan to invest your money this way, it could be worth having them check processes and whether your fleet can be resized or optimised, as well as seeing if there are more ways to cut costs and achieve a higher margin.

 

 

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Chinese police to use GPS tracking units to combat terrorism

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Recently, the Xinjiang authorities have requested that all vehicles be equipped with GPS tracking units. Indeed, in the last few years, Xinjiang, located in the Northwest of China, has been the target of terrorist attacks including bombing and deadly assaults with bladed weapons.

Cars are the main means of transport used by the militants and that is why tracking units would help the police to localize any suspicious itinerary or gathering. Furthermore, any stolen car—possibly by a terrorist—will be easier to find.

Authorities have taken drastic measures in the battle against terrorism: last year the police made citizens provide DNA samples and biological information when applying for travel identity papers. And now, drivers located in the Bayingol area who refuse the installation of the tracker will not be able to buy fuel. Xinjiang is in a critical situation, but the GPS system should help the government to solve the crisis.

The GPS tracking units will use the satellite navigation system BeiDou. In fact, nowadays, satellite navigation systems are frequently used, for personal and public purposes. Think about Google Maps, everyone uses it; GPS navigation software plays a big part in our daily lives.

Companies and public organizations can use this technology to improve their efficiency. And as far as the national security is concerned, governments might think about this technology. Tracking units are efficient tools, they can help the police, law enforcement agencies, fire brigades and ambulances to manage their work more effectively.

Technology these days has the power not only to boost efficiency but, as we see in this case, also to tighten security in times of civil unrest. Though we hope not to be involved in a case where this level of state vigilance is deemed necessary, we would rather use GPS tracking mainly to prevent theft or locate stolen vehicles as well as in other instances where safety is a consideration, such as drivers caught in an emergency situation.

 

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How to deal with driver fatigue: an interesting infographic

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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People are increasingly sensitized to the dangers of impaired driving; however, they don’t always factor in the dangers of tiredness behind the wheel and how to deal with driver fatigue, but concentrate rather on distracted driving or drink driving. It is fair to say that this is dangerous in just the same way as driving under the influence of alcohol, for example, and can lead to equally serious and dramatic consequences.

In this interesting infographic entitled "Driver fatigue kills 4,000 Europeans  every year, created by Southside Motor Factors, we find some stark facts highlighting the worrying statistics of fatigue, factors contributing to driver fatigue, who is most at risk and what we could do in order to cope with it:

 

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If we consider fleets and companies relying on driving and vehicles for the management of their activity, which might encompass truck drivers, company car drivers travelling long distances and contract workers, they are all seen as particularly susceptible to driver fatigue according to this infographic. The long hours of driving that might follow a mentally demanding workday, could easily lead to symptoms of fatigue. But professional drivers in general might be more prone to complacency and may tend to slip into a kind of “autopilot” attitude as they are behind the wheel for a very long part of the day.

 

According to the Road Safety Authority (RSA) of Ireland, in 2014 over one in ten motorists fell asleep behind the wheel. According to the same sources, motorists who drive as part of their work, and motorists who admit to driving after taking any amount of alcohol, had a higher than average incidence of falling asleep at the wheel (almost one in five fell asleep at the wheel).  

 

According to studies by Brake, the road safety charity, particularly active in the UK, one in six crashes resulting in death or injury on major roads are fatigue-related and about 40% of fatigue-related crashes involve commercial vehicle drivers; often it is the largest vehicles on our roads that can cause the most harm in a crash.

 

In Ireland, both RSA and Health and Safety legislation are in agreement that employers are required and obliged to ensure vehicles are in a roadworthy condition, regular vehicle checks are completed and recorded and any defects rectified, as well as providing a safe place to work; and this involves respecting the rules regarding driving hours and assessing risks connected to workers through proper processes and the creation of policies—also targeting driver fatigue, of course.

 

Under UK legislation, companies have to "account for the health and safety of all their employees while at work" and are responsible for the consequences for this not being done. This "applies to all on-the-road work activities as to all work activities". Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999), employers must assess the risks involved in staff use of the road for work and put in place all reasonably practical measures to manage driver fatigue. Vehicles are subject to UK and EU drivers’ hours rules, which translates to maintaining log books, recording hours of work and rest and ensuring medical assessments are up-to-date as required. Some specific vehicles such as vans and minibuses are exempt from EU regulations and only bound by much less rigorous GB domestic hours rules, hence why even more attention is needed.

 

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Fuel efficient driving: a bad driver can cost an extra £560/€657 annually

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Fuel efficient driving these days is essential for companies looking to minimise their global fleet costs, with the added benefit that ecodriving is also safe driving—switching drivers to such a style would not only benefit your pocket, but also the global safety of your company and its efficiency to boot.

 

On the other hand, it seems that not a lot of companies have grasped the importance of this concept according to the results of some recent research. The insurance company Direct Line has in fact conducted research on driver behaviour and concluded that excessive braking and acceleration particularly contribute to increase fuel spend. The results of their studies were published in Fleet News in the middle of February.

 

According to Direct Line, drivers applying a gentler, smoother style could boast more mileage than those who did not, thus extending the time between their visits to the fuel station. Apparently, according to Direct Line sources, this reduces the average filling visits from 20 to 12 per year, reducing the annual fuel bill by 40%.

 

The study carried out by the insurance company considered more than 319,000 journeys by 2,000 drivers.

 

Responding to the conclusions of the study, the company Licence Check added that “It is a well-known fact that bad driving styles can have a huge influence on fuel consumption, as well as increase the likelihood of a motor accident. Bad driving habits will also accelerate wear and tear on the vehicle, affecting running costs and lowering residual values. This new research shows that fleet managers can immediately and significantly reduce their annual fuel costs, if driving styles are improved.”

 

Fuel and fleet savings might come from many other sources which you can only capitalise on if you start monitoring your fleet fully. In this way you will notice the areas where there is room for improvement and can therefore work on attaining some significant savings.

 

Monitoring driver behaviour is one of the keys to the adoption of fuel efficient driving styles, which actually improves global safety and helps achieve greater fuel savings. Training drivers to switch to a more fuel efficient style is a long-term fuel saving strategy: if your team adopts ecodriving, you will appreciate the positive results of it in the long run. If you instead concentrate on just having a lower fuel price as a strategy, you can maybe enjoy the benefits when prices actually decrease, but their evolution can be so unpredictable that you cannot really count on advantageous fuel prices all the time.

 

Moreover, if you had a complete fuel management system, you could also pick out and address other sources of excessive fuel spend, such as the misuse of fuel cards or fuel theft.

 

Technology today has the power to help you decrease fuel expense as well as global costs and also to help you manage a safe and efficient fleet. If you want to know more on how to generate fuel savings for fleets, or how to optimise your fleet operations, contact us for a talk and even a SynX demo, it will really make your life surprisingly easier (and your bills considerably lower…).

 

 

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4 reasons why you should make full use of driver behaviour monitoring

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Companies relying on vehicles are increasingly looking into ways of cutting fuel costs; one of the most effective methods is achieved through driver behaviour monitoring. In the current economic climate, saving money on global costs is in fact the number one priority for a lot of businesses—and fleets are no exception.

But why are fleets only starting to check driver behaviour monitoring recently? And just some of them?

 

Let’s take a step back for a moment: what is the strategy that most likely springs to mind when considering how to save money on fuel?

Procuring fuel at a lower price, most probably.

In the current economic climate, it has also becoming more common to try to negotiate prices. So it goes without saying that we might immediately think this is our go-to strategy in order to cut our fuel costs.

But if you think about your personal budget, what do you actually do, for example, when you need to save money for a big expense coming up such as travelling abroad?

Your answer is that you probably cut some of your expenses: you moderate some consumer habits; you eat less take away food and have fewer nights out drinking in the pub, for example.

What about fuel? Well, you can think in exactly the same way: if it is true that you must have vehicles operational and cannot eliminate the use of fuel, it is also true that you can monitor where every drop of fuel is spent and actually use it more effectively. Trying to control prices is no longer an option, not least because fluctuations in price due to external events (Brexit and Trump election to mentions a couple) are making it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to base your strategy on fuel price negotiations.

 

But there is even more reason why you should get started with driver behaviour monitoring—especially if you haven’t done so already:

#1 - aka the starting point, why people initially become aware of driver behaviour monitoring: because if bad driving is detected, it can be modified into fuel-efficient driving by retraining your drivers. Speeding, idling, harsh braking and rapid acceleration are behaviour patterns that consume fuel and need to be eliminated.

#2 - if you monitor the driving style of your team, you will have the added benefit of having a solid base for fleet risk assessment. You can monitor drivers that are more at risk and improve global safety within your company.

#3 - monitoring the driving style of your team is a long-term strategy. If you orientate your team toward safe and fuel efficient driving, you will always enjoy its benefits and enjoy some degree of control—the same is not really true regarding fluctuating fuel prices.

#4 - if you get started with a real process of driver monitoring, drivers will be aware of how they impact on global costs and feel more involved. They will be motivated to bring efficiencies to your company—and if not, you can think about starting some competitions in order to reward good driving.

 

As far as you could see in this blog post, there are some perfectly sound reasons to get started with driver behaviour monitoring. We have prepared a guide with everything you need to know on driver behaviour monitoring and how to use it to save fuel—you can find it here. Hope you find it useful!

 

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3 reasons why fuel additives empower your fleet management solution

by Eleonora Malacarne on Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Have you ever considered fleet management software? If so, what if you combined it together with the use of fuel additives?

If you do not quite understand why am asking this, read on…

Fleet management solutions are making fleet managers’ lives easier from numerous points of view: automating administrative tasks, getting their vehicles under complete control at any time, and, last but not least, fuel savings.

With fleet management software you get a lot of useful reports to establish which actions you could take in order to spend less on fuel—for example, training drivers in eco-driving and checking if fuel cards are correctly used to prevent fuel theft. But have you ever thought about fuel additives to empower your vehicles? If not, have a look at 3 reasons why you should try them out.

 

1. Fuel additives help your engine run smoother

The best fuel additives act like a powerful detergent and are able to remove fuel combustion deposits from within your engine. They attach to deposits on the fuel system surface and encase their particles, so that they are combusted with the fuel and removed from the fuel system. This process improves the injector flow, prevents future deposit formation, meaning your engine will run smoother and cleaner.

 

2. Fuel additives help reduce your maintenance bill

Fuel additives act as protectors and improve the overall performance of your vehicle. Additives add to the engine power and increase the octane level of the gasoline. They also remove junk items that are capable of causing harm to the injectors and to other internal vehicle parts.

 

3. Fuel additives help reduce your environmental footprint

Fuel additives help reduce the amount of emissions that your vehicle releases. This helps in reducing the air pollution and in keeping the environment free of chemicals and harmful substances.

 

 

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4 benefits that an OBD tracking unit is adding to your telematics solution

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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On-board diagnostics (OBD) tracking units are one of the possibilities on offer when you have when you decide to use a fleet management software to improve your fleet operations and make fuel and global fleet savings.

In fact, when companies enquire and want to know more about fleet management software or telematics solutions, they generally think about the software and the enormous help it can provide for their vehicles and team, but don’t always consider that installing a particular type of device could bring in some extra benefits.

If you are unsure which type of device you can install, check it with your preferred provider; this is something we can do, but first we’d like to introduce you to four of the benefits you can enjoy if you choose to use an OBD tracking unit:

#1 - You can still take advantage of the GPS tracking software/fleet management solution.

If you decide to use an OBD tracking unit, you will still be able to enjoy the benefits of your fleet management software. This means your vehicles would still be protected, as well as your drivers, and you could generate reports and get full data of your fleet. And of course, you would save money on fuel and fleet costs in any case!

 

#2 - Installation takes literally seconds.

The installation isn’t an installation as such: the tracking device connects quickly and easily to the OBD2 diagnostic port of the vehicle—it is actually plug-n-play. Nothing complicated. No extra hassle.

 

#3 - No extra costs

The installation of hardwired devices implies there is an installation fee to be paid—it doesn’t mean that the installation is complex, you could do it yourself if you have an in-house garage, but it will imply extra costs. By using an OBD device you won’t incur extra fees, so you will literally enjoy a free installation.

 

#4 - Flexibility

If you are in a situation where you need to replace vehicles, frequently taking out the device from one vehicle and transferring it to another for some reason, OBD trackers are ideal for you. You could be operating with short term rental vehicles or wishing to monitor subcontractors… there are lots of possibilities that would actually require the use of OBD devices. Choosing OBD trackers would mean not having to waste time and money in deinstallation or reinstallation.

 

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Transpoco appoints VQS as UK telematics installations partner

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Transpoco, the Dublin-based global fleet telematics supplier, has appointed Vehicle Quality Solutions (VQS) to install black box telematics technology to its growing number of UK customers.
 

VQS, the UK’s largest independent vehicle inspection provider, will utilise its nationwide network of engineers to install and reinstall the Transpoco ‘Synx™’ fleet management solution, which integrates fuel data, vehicle tracking and reporting, driver behaviour and fleet maintenance checks.

Transpoco is ramping up its telematics unit delivery to SME and corporate fleet customers in the UK, Ireland and across Europe. This combines a mixture of OBD and hard wired boxes which are fitted to cars, trucks, trailers, coaches and speciality fleets such as local authority vehicles.

Transpoco has been exploring a same-day installation service for customers and VQS was recommended as a solutions provider that could deliver this high end service.

VQS was the perfect partner for us as its UK network of engineers is used to carrying out work on fleet vehicles to very exacting standards,” explained Transpoco’s CEO Andrew Fleury.

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“The VQS team is also to working to tight deadlines, which will reduce downtime for our customers. Its strategically placed UK operations team have completed their training and will provide a high level of customer experience on our behalf,” he added.

VQS operations director Steve Weston has been responsible for setting up the Transpoco partnership.

“We were approached by Transpoco to provide a high quality national installation service for its range of telematics devices. Our team is used to working to consistently high standards in vehicle inspection and we have mirrored those with our telematics installations,” explained Weston.

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Steve Weston, operations director, David Thomas, CEO

 

“We are already looking at increasing the size of our field team to meet the growing needs of both our telematics and vehicle inspection customers,” he added.

 

 

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If you’re driving for work, you’re at work: new TV Campaign for Ireland

by Eleonora Malacarne on Feb 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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If you’re driving for work, you’re at work: a new TV Campaign launched on the 6th February by the Road Safety Authority of Ireland aims at focussing on the importance of employers acknowledging their responsibility for the safety of their workers.

Both employers and the self-employed have a duty of care to manage the risks faced by employees as well as any they create when they drive for work. Health and safety norms in fact apply to all work activities—driving for work is not excluded and vehicles are considered a place of work. The campaign reminds us of this important fact with the tagline, “If you’re driving for work, you’re at work”.

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Companies that rely on driving should have in place a system for managing safety and risks. They need to ensure that their employees are in possession of the legal certifications needed to drive, are using safe and roadworthy vehicles as well as making sure their team is competent, fit to drive and trained to use vehicles safely.

Under Irish and also UK legislation, companies are responsible for putting procedures in place that make sure employees drive safely at all times. The campaign aims at raising awareness and sensitizing employers to the recognition of their responsibilities to their employees.

In the video you will see their point of view. The scenario in the video depicts the aftermath of a collision involving an employee while driving for work. The employers express their regret, sorrow and guilt for not having managed employee risks correctly. 

 

If an employee is driving for work, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure they are fully qualified, capable and enabled to carry out this work task safely. The legal requirements ultimately also help businesses, as they help them achieve

  • reduction in road collisions,
  • fewer employee injuries,
  • less absenteeism,
  • lower maintenance costs,
  • lower vehicle repair costs,
  • lower insurance premiums,
  • improved compliance with legislation, and
  • lower fuel costs.

 

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