SITA UK choose EcoTrak as their fuel and carbon saving solution
In March 2010, CMS SupaTrak first began working with SITA UK to explore the potential benefits of implementing a telematics system throughout their fleet. Initially, CMS SupaTrak offered a trial of the award winning EcoTrak fuel saving technology on 12 municipal and recycling vehicles at the Warwick depot. EcoTrak is a telematics based system, which records driver behaviour in real time. It measures vehicle and driver performance against a number of key parameters including speed, idling time, harsh braking and accelerating, over revving, PTO over revving and excessive throttle use.
By identifying how a driver is driving a vehicle, it is possible to determine instances of less efficient driving and using this information, remedial training and coaching can be delivered in order to promote more fuel and carbon efficient practices.
The key focus of the trial was to identify the achievable reductions in 2 main areas – fuel and carbon output. Paul Shipman, Fleet Manager at SITA UK explains that "we are always looking at ways in which we can improve our environmental performance and reduce our carbon footprint.” In order to ascertain realistic and sustainable savings, CMS SupaTrak worked closely with SITA UK to implement a strict trial process, consisting of several measurable and reliable stages.
The first stage was the crucial “benchmarking” period, without which it would be impossible to ascertain how the drivers were actually driving the vehicles. This stage was covertly managed so that true data was gathered, without the drivers adjusting how they would usually perform. This benchmarking stage took place over a 2 week period, covering enough journeys to constitute a genuine driving cycle. During this stage, data was gathered for each driver against each of the key driver behaviour management parameters and presented in a number of concise reports, including driver behaviour analyses, fuel saving reports and driver pointer reports, showing where improvements could be made.
Once this stage was completed, using the data collected during the benchmark period, driver training and coaching commenced. This training was delivered by trainers with industry experience and knowledge, able to work with the drivers to educate them and coach them towards achieving more fuel and carbon efficient driving styles.
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