Published: February 19, 2015 | Nottingham, UK
Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s largest powered access rental business providing a fleet of more than 11,000 machines from a network of depots across the country, has extended its relationship with telematics provider Microlise. The company has entered into a five year contract that will see the deployment of a Microlise solution across its fleet of 105 operated truck mounted platforms.
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The decision to partner with Microlise on the operated truck mounted platforms fleet comes following a deployment last year on Nationwide Platforms’ HGV delivery fleet, which has seen 112 vehicles fitted with Microlise technology. The solution has achieved a 9% reduction in fuel use, during the six months since implementation. Safety has also been increased, with contextual speeding occurrences down considerably and an increase in vehicle uptime realised.
In seeking a telematics solution, Nationwide Platforms was looking to further understand driver performance in order to reduce fuel consumption, whilst increasing safety through an improved standard of driving across the fleet. The company was also looking to incentivise drivers and conduct driver debriefing and coaching. The Microlise solution provides league tables, based on an A-G ratings system, with drivers rewarded for good performance, as well as highlighting areas for further training.
With the operated truck mounted platforms fleet being exempt from tachograph monitoring and reporting, Nationwide Platforms were also looking for a way to monitor driver hours, to ensure compliance with company policies. The solution will provide management with detailed reporting on vehicle and driver activity, ensuring accurate monitoring of working hours and activity completed.
Peter Douglas, UK Operations Director, Nationwide Platforms comments,
“We have seen significant savings in operational costs and an increase in safety and vehicle availability. The solution that we will deploy on the operated truck mounted platforms fleet will deliver similar savings, but will also increase our service levels by giving us visibility of fleet location, making us more agile and responsive to customer demand for our machines”.
Due to the nature of the business, Nationwide Platforms often receives late notice requests for the rental of machines. The real-time and accurate fleet visibility available through the Microlise solution will allow the company to increase service levels, by understanding the location of its vehicles more quickly, making the operation more agile and responsive to the needs of customers.