Truck platooning: the latest developments

truck platooning

Truck platooning is a concept that has increasingly captured the imagination of governments, media, truck manufacturers and the road haulage industry over the last few years. How much closer is the concept to becoming reality on today’s roads?

What is “truck platooning”?

Truck platooning is a convoy of typically two to three semi-autonomous trucks, wirelessly-connected and all closely following one another. Acceleration, braking and steering across all trucks in the platoon is controlled by the lead vehicle. Each lorry is manned by a driver whose role is to manage the system and retake control in emergency or to drive the freight to its delivery destination, once the truck has split from the platoon. At present the practical emphasis is on semi-autonomous trucks for platooning including a driver although the media is discussing a future featuring driverless, autonomous trucks.

Platooning benefits

The benefits of platooning include:

  • Significant fuel savings and a consequent reduction in C02 emissions
  • Road safety. Braking reaction along the platoon is immediate
  • Improved traffic flow. Platooning boosts traffic flow and reduces tailbacks
  • The creation of new jobs and opportunities for further improvement in the logistics supply chain.

Early initiatives

In 2015, Daimler was given a licence by the State of Nevada, USA to test its Freightliner Inspiration semi-autonomous trucks for platooning in the state. [source: CNN] In 2016, Daimler unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that was approved for use in a limited area in Germany.  It claimed that its platooning system offers up to 7% lower fuel consumption and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions, plus only half of the previously required traffic space. [source: TruckingInfo]  2016 also saw the Dutch EU Presidency develop the European Truck Platooning Challenge which aimed to address platooning issues at a European member state level. Among the highlights was the Challenge in which truck platoons from all the major European truck manufacturers drove successfully to Rotterdam from various cities across Europe.

Truck platooning in 2017

There have been many initiatives taking place this year. Nine states in the USA already have regulations that allow platooning and many more are expected to follow. [source: Trucks] Earlier in the year, Scania and Toyota announced that they will be trialling platooning on the public highways of Singapore. [source: automotivelogistics] In August 2017, the UK government announced that it will test a three semi-autonomous truck platoon on public roads in 2018. [source: Wired]

Truck platoons – a common sight on roads soon?

The most bullish supporters are in the USA. April Sanborn, the manager for Nevada’s autonomous vehicle programme says “I honestly see it [the deployment of autonomous-driving and platooning trucks] a lot quicker than 2025” [source: FleetOwner] Later in the article she added it will be “many years to come before we remove the driver.”

In Europe the outlook is different. French newspaper Le Monde believes that there are still many obstacles to overcome in Europe.  It notes that it will be difficult for fleet managers to plan for platooning when it is legal in some European countries and not in others.  Rules have to be harmonised. “The Dutch are ‘driving all out’ for platooning but in Belgium, the minimal distance between two vehicles is 50 metres. This renders platoons illegal.” Vincent Gaide at PwC questions how the transition between the platoons and the last mile transporter can be organised. The article also raises the spectre of the high likelihood of French truck drivers protesting against any government initiatives to introduce platooning.

Edmund King, president of the UK’s AA (Automobile Association) told The Guardian that “We have some of the busiest motorways in Europe with many more entries and exits. Platooning may work on the miles of deserted freeways in Arizona or Nevada but this is not America.” In the same article, Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association cautiously welcomes the idea of truck platooning but warns that the current focus is too much on the technology behind platooning and not enough on safety. “Safety has to come first and it cannot be compromised.”

Challenges for platoons including trucks owned by different fleets will include “Who will benefit from the fuel savings?” Only the trucks behind the lead truck will. And, relating to that “How will the different fleets split the fuel savings?”

Flexible trailer capacity, trailers equipped with the latest technology – the keys to success

Whether or not the world is ready for platoons of semi-autonomous or autonomous trucks, there will always be demand for transporters to carry large volumes of products in their trailers. Having flexible trailer capacity with trailers that are equipped with the latest trailer technology are the keys to playing a successful part in the transport industry. Why not consider trailer rental or leasing from TIP Trailer Services? Ask TIP how you can benefit from our 50.000+ trailer fleet using this form.


Trailer tyre innovation reduces the total cost of ownership

Trailer tyre manufacturers are investigating options environmentally-friendly tyre manufacture, using new materials like elastomers and renewable biomass.

Tyres play a significant role in the cost of trailer ownership. For example, a preliminary report by the International Council on Clean Transportation, cited in, found that the combination of automatic tyre inflation systems and low rolling resistance tyres can reduce fuel consumption and consequently CO2 emissions by 3% on trailer tyres and 5.91% on truck tyres. With so much at stake, tyre innovation is a theme close to the hearts and minds of many trailer fleet owners.

Recent tyre innovations

There have been many recent innovations in truck and trailer tyres. These include:

  • a European Union initiative to develop a low rolling resistance tyre with integrated telematics
  • the integration of RFID microchips into tyres
  • the creation of more environmentally friendly tyres
  • longer life tyres
  • tyres whose pressures can be monitored remotely.

RFID microchips in tyres

Various truck and trailer tyre manufacturers have integrated RFID (“radio frequency identity”) technology in their tyres.  Linked into software, the RFID microchip embedded in the tyre enables operatives to quickly scan and identify each tyre and then monitor them throughout their service lives including retreading and tracking them easily if stolen.

Making tyres more environmentally-friendly

Truck and trailer tyre manufacturers are investigating options for more environmentally-friendly tyre manufacture, using new materials like elastomers and renewable biomass.

Longer-life tyres

According to Fueloyal, the lifetime of an average truck tyre is 193,000 km. All the major tyre makers including Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Goodyear and Michelin have created truck tyres, whose lives, if sensibly monitored, can be substantially lengthened by re-grooving and re-treading.  In an April 2017 article for SMMT, Chris Smith, Michelin’s Truck Marketing Director for Northern Europe, said that “Regrooving a tyre can extend its life by 25%”.

In the same article, Bridgestone’s Retread Development Manager, Terry Salter said “A new truck tyre weighs 65kg to 70kg but a retread only requires 20kg of fresh raw material before it can go back into service.  … That’s a big saving.”

Tire Pressure Monitor System – a tyre innovation through Trailermatics

With a Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) you monitor tyre pressures. A rim-fitted sensor measures the tyre pressure, temperature and position. It feeds back live information to both the fleet manager and driver. They can ensure that tyres are inflated to the right pressure for the load and maximum fuel efficiency and take immediate action in the event of tyre issues. This ability to intervene quickly helps avoid road accidents caused by punctures or under-inflated tyres. The typical cost saving per vehicle per year with TPMS installed is €900.

Future developments

Ralph Dimenna, COO, Michelin Americas Truck Tires recently told CCJ that electric trucks will present tyre manufacturers with additional challenges due to double the amount of torque that electric motors generate over conventional diesel motors and the impact that will have on tyres. Tyres for autonomous trucks and tyres embedded with artificial intelligence are among the areas of future technology that manufacturers are researching.

Reducing the total cost of ownership through trailer tyres

Reducing the total cost of ownership is a core objective for many fleet operators. Managing your truck and trailer tyres well can lead to significant savings.  Choosing the right tyre through the EU Tyre Label scheme can make a substantial difference. The label covers ratings for fuel efficiency/rolling resistance, wet grip and exterior noise. According to the Goodyear Innovation Centre, the difference between a complete set of A-class tyres and F-class tyres can reduce a truck’s fuel consumption by 15%, roughly equivalent to an annual saving of more than €7,000.

Fleet managers need to select truck and trailer tyres of the appropriate size for their trucks and trailers and the loads that they carry. Trucks working on regional routes with many delivery points will benefit from tyres that offer high mileage whilst those on long haul should take advantage of more fuel efficient tyres. It is essential to maintain the tyres properly including applying the correct tyre pressures, which affect fuel consumption and tyre wear. Distribute weight evenly across trailers so that the wear on tyres is even.

Good tyre maintenance practices enable fleet managers to retread their tyres and in the process, reduce costs, lengthen tyre lifespan and minimise environmental impact.  Moreover, with training and monitoring through telematics, truck drivers can operate with a driving style that optimises fuel consumption.

TIP trailer tyre experience and expertise

Our experience in maintaining trailers for over 45 years gives TIP extensive trailer tyre expertise. Drivers can bring their trailers and trucks in for tyre maintenance and repair at one of TIP’s network of over 70 workshops across Europe. Alternatively, one of TIP’s ever growing fleet of mobile service units can help on-site.  Fully qualified and certified technicians are on hand to assist you. TIP can provide you with a flexible trailer tyre service and total peace of mind.

TIP and trailer tyres

TIP can set up your truck and trailer tyre management so that your assets always roll in the best possible way! Contact us using this form.

Trailer rental – the new standard

Trailer rental – the new standard

One of the characteristics of Millennials, the generation of people born between the early 1980s and 1990s, is that “they are reluctant to buy items such as cars, music and luxury goods. Instead, they’re turning to a new set of services that provide access to products without the burdens of ownership, giving rise to what’s being called a “sharing economy.””  Economist Jeremy Rifkin predicts that “25 years from now, car sharing will be the norm and car ownership an anomaly”. [source: Goldman Sachs research] In the business to business sector, the same applies to trailers. With many fleet managers appreciating the flexibility and cost effectiveness of trailer rental, trailer rental is increasingly becoming the new standard.


Flexibility and scalability through trailer rental

Two of the most appreciated advantages of trailer rental are its flexibility and scalability. These enable companies to exploit exceptional, fluctuating and/or seasonal business opportunities. Perhaps you have an urgent customer delivery need which requires you to take on extra trailer capacity. Or perhaps you are a transporter in industry sectors where demand fluctuates dramatically.

Examples of areas requiring flexibility include “fast fashion” where manufacturers such as Inditex and H&M need supply chain elasticity and trailer flexibility to quickly deliver not only low-cost imitations of catwalk clothes collections, influenced by the catwalk shows but also their own “value-for-money” collections throughout the year. There is no better illustration of a seasonally-driven delivery period than Christmas. Trailer rental offers fleet managers the opportunity to cater for this spike in demand to smoothly enable Father Christmas, Sinterklaas or Saint Nicholas to get presents to children on time.


Trailer rental can give you access to the best trailers and latest trailer technology without the high investment costs of owning the trailers and overheads of ownership such as the recruitment and retention of qualified engineers, the running of a workshop or keeping an  inventory of spare parts.

Scale up when you need to

Customers choosing to rent trailers through TIP Trailer Services are also able to enjoy preferential rental terms within rental or lease contracts to take on more trailers or reduce the number as demand requires.

Trailer maintenance and repair – outsource them

Keep your trailer fleet in peak performance mode with TIP. As part of a trailer rental contract, TIP Trailer Services takes the weight off your shoulders by providing you with maintenance and repair management services. Whilst we look after the maintenance and repair of your rental trailers, we supply you with alternatives to ensure that your business continues to operate as usual. Maximise your trailer uptime!

Should one of the trailers in your rental fleet require roadside assistance on the way to London, Paris, Warsaw or any other European destinations, you can count on our Europe-wide breakdown recovery service 24/7 365 days per year.

All types of trailers

TIP hires out trailers for every task including curtainsiders/tilt, moving/walking floor, flat, reefer, tanker, chemical, tipping powder, waste tanker and many other types of trailers, tankers as well as trucks.

Trailer flexibility with TIP

Our world class customer service teams across Europe make sure that our rental trailers are maintained to the highest standards, allowing you to enjoy total operating efficiency. To capitalise on the new business opportunities provided by trailer rental with its flexibility, scalable load-carrying capacity and cost-effectiveness, please contact TIP Trailer Services.

Freight exchange trend update: bitcoin and blockchain

Freight exchange trend update: bitcoin and blockchain

The lost revenue and missed freight-carrying opportunity of an empty trailer returning to base is a source of sleepless nights for many fleet managers. Fortunately, freight exchange platforms can address this problem and are becoming more mainstream.

Unused trailer capacity

Unused trailer capacity is a major industry issue. The UK’s Freight Transport Association analyses the level of empty loads each year as part of its Logistics Report. Empty loads have constituted approximately 30% of all trailer journeys since 2011 (Source:  These empty loads are bad for both business profitability and for the environment due to CO2 fuel emissions for what are, in effect, wasted journeys.

One solution is to equip your trailers with the latest telematics technology to ensure that your drivers are performing optimally and using the most fuel-efficient routes. Telematics will also help you allocate the right trailer and truck combinations. Another solution is to join freight exchange platforms to find loads to carry on return journeys.

Freight exchange platforms today

Uber did the road transport industry a favour in May 2017 by launching Uber Freight, its own freight exchange platform (source: Business Insider).  Even if it has only started operating on a small scale out in Texas between Houston, Dallas and Austin, Uber Freight put spotlights on the media and transport industry and the opportunities that freight exchange can provide.

170+ European freight exchanges!

You have an empty trailer returning from Brno in the Czech Republic? Why not click on Raaltrans or another freight exchange to fill it?  The number of exchanges is growing.  There is a very useful list of European freight exchanges on the internet which includes over 170 exchanges and their basic fee structures.

Cargonexx, a German freight exchange provider which launched in December 2016, claims to have over 1,700 freight companies registered on its platform. In its press release from March 2017, Cargonexx maintains that it is “one of the most successful platforms for lorry transport in Europe”. There appears to be a healthy appetite for freight exchanges among road transport companies but the question is whether there is sufficient demand to support 170+ exchange providers. In the longer term, provider consolidation seems likely.

Future developments?

Examining developments in other parts of the world provides useful insight into what might happen in Europe. In the case of road freight, European developments often follow the USA. Interesting developments there include:

  • Blockchain-based freight transactions

Maria Theresa Dalagan comments in the August 2017 issue of US title Freightwaves that container shipping companies are starting to take a “blockchain-based approach” using a digital currency called “Ethereum” one of 1,037 crypto currencies (source: Benzinga) of which the “Bitcoin” is most high profile. She cites the example of 300cubits, that specialises in enabling transactions in the shipping container industry by using Ethereum. In the medium term, the blockchain is likely to be adopted by the European road transport industry.

  • Trucking Futures Exchange

In February 2017, US companies Transvix and DAT Solutions (a successful US on-demand freight exchange provider with 100 million loads and trucks posted in 2016) formed an alliance to create a Trucking Futures Exchange. This enables shippers to buy delivery contracts or the option to do so at specific prices today. They will be able to hedge against market volatility for transport prices which can vary with the “weather, fuel prices, congestion, seasonality, regulations and macro economics”. (Source: Logistics Management). This project is in early stage development, but, in the long term, a European equivalent could provide an additional revenue source for fleet managers.

The freight exchange platform opportunity

Freight exchange platforms will increasingly become part of everyday operations for the fleet manager and an additional source of revenue, contributing to fuller trailer loads.

Now is the time to start with fuel efficiency. And save money.

Now is the time to start with fuel efficiency. And save money.

One of the main objectives resulting from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, bringing together representatives of 196 nations, is to reduce carbon emissions generated by transport to zero by 2050. Fuel efficiency should be high on fleet managers’ agendas as governments begin to impose legislation on the land freight transport industry to help achieve this objective. (Source: Transport & Environment) Fortunately, the quest for reduced carbon emissions through improved fuel efficiency can deliver significant cost savings for the fleet manager.

Reducing carbon emissions

According to the Transport & Environment (“T&E”) campaigning organisation, new technologies can deliver improved fuel efficiency and emissions savings of a third (28%) by 2050. Unlike the US, China and Japan, the EU has no CO2 emissions limits for heavy duty vehicles. That is set to change with the EU planning to introduce Europe’s first CO2 emissions standards for some truck categories in 2018 with application likely in 2025. (source: T&E).

Cost savings through fuel efficiency

Can achieving a legislation-imposed environmental goal be beneficial to a truck fleet operator? According to, the impact on total running costs of investing in fuel efficient technology can be amortised in a relatively short time frame. It analyses the costs as follows:

  • A truck travels an average of 130,000 km per year with 30% of total running costs spent on fuel.
  • A truck without fuel efficiency options costs about € 95,000; with these options € 138,000. (Scania R450)
  • A typical truck consumes 33l per 100km at an average cost of €0.9/litre. So  diesel costs over 130,000 km are around € 40,000.
  • In 2016, an ICCT study said tractor trailer fuel efficiency could be 40 percent better. The report focuses on fuel-saving engine, transmission, and tractor-trailer technologies. These technologies are available or expected to be commercially available between 2020 and 2025.  Theoretically, under ICCT’s fuel saving of 40% scenario,  if you paid € 43,000 extra for the Scania fuel efficiency options, you could amortise this investment in just over 2.5 years through fuel savings of € 16,000 per year

Technology for greater fuel efficiency

Most of the technology needed to make trucks more fuel efficient exists already but tends to be optional and has to be bought by the fleet manager. In the medium term, the costs of the technology could be reduced by manufacturers offering it as standard on their trucks and trailers.

There are different ways for fleet managers to improve the fuel efficiency of their trucks and trailers:

  • Low resistance tyres

Low resistance tyres and automatic tyre inflation systems can reduce fuel consumption significantly. According to Goodyear, the right choice of tyre can reduce a truck’s fuel consumption by up to 15%.

  • Aerodynamic add-ons

These can include aerofoils and skirts to improve the way the air flows across the truck and trailer. For example, a manufacturer called Airflowdeflector offers “v-spoilers” or “vortex generators” for this purpose. It claims that the v-spoilers can lead to fuel savings of up to 6%, are easy to fit and improve handling.

For trailers, this can mean adding side skirts, boat tails and skirts to cover trailer gaps.

There has also been some pioneering research done by Dr Thomas C. Cork at the University of Notre Dame, USA who conducted tests using “plasma actuators,” miniature high tech filters, on a scale model of a truck and trailer to reshape and redirect the flow of air across the vehicles in a more fuel efficient way. It produced 22.7% less drag and yielded 11% fuel savings. This technology is still in development but could have a major impact in the near future.

  • Engines and driveline

Another source of fuel efficiency is the engine. Increasingly, fleet managers will be able to opt for hybrid and electric engines for their trucks. Reducing engine friction, optimising combustion, adjusting engine controls and recovering waste heat are also ways of achieving fuel efficiency.

Actions taken to the driveline, such as adjusting axle efficiency and transmission efficiency and adding predictive cruise control, generate fuel savings. (source: )

  • Freight Exchange Platforms

Transport companies can join Freight Exchange Platforms which provide real-time links between companies in need of goods to be transported in partial or full loads on specific routes and road transporters with spare trailer capacity which are travelling on those routes. Filling up spare trailer capacity in a return journey can generate better returns on fuel.

TIP fuel-saving experience and expertise

Our experience in maintaining trailers for over 45 years gives TIP extensive insight into fuel optimisation. Fleet managers can bring their trailers and trucks to one of our many workshops across Europe for maintenance and advice on how to generate more fuel efficiency. Fully qualified and certified technicians are on hand to advise you.  Contact TIP to talk about fuel saving via this contact form.

Top 25 Transport Fleet Management software

Top 25 Transport Fleet Management software

If your transportation fleet is growing due to increasing customer demands, or perhaps, after a merger, you will need to find a way to keep an eye on all your trailers.  Can you track your trailers in real-time? How easily can you collect an extra load on the journey? Are your invoicing and delivery procedures as paperless as possible? Transport fleet management requires specific skills and special software. The benefits of fleet management software are impressive. One of them is that fleet and transport managers can generate real-time reports on activity and profitability. The Finance department can then use this data to manage all invoices.

A new baby for IT

With the right fleet management software you can schedule your maintenance and ensure that your trailers are in optimal condition. Even Human Resources will be happy with fleet management software as it will enable them to analyse the productivity of drivers and their compliance with safety rules.

Finally, your IT department will have a new baby to look after. With all of your logistics data integrated into a centralised database, your management team will have quicker access to valuable data and more visibility on activity across the company. These factors can make significant contributions to achieving greater profitability.   

Positively reviewed

Developing a list of best-selling or best-reviewed software is an ever-changing challenge. We have created an alphabetical list from various sources with solutions that will help you keep track of your trailers and manage them through their life cycle, whether your fleet consists of five or 5,000 vehicles. With GPS tracking, reporting and monitoring, fleet management software ensures your trailer fleet is equipped to handle all transportation needs.

Transport Fleet Management software for Europe

In our Top 25 Fleet management software we have combined the best-selling fleet management software with the best POSITIVELY reviewed fleet management software. This combination consists solely of fleet management software companies that deliver a European service. Many other suppliers leave Europe out of their service zone, as they consider this region to be too complicated to handle with the diversity of its many languages.

The Top 25 Fleet management software list will give you an initial view on what Fleet Management software others use. To make this Top 25 an even stronger and more valuable resource for everyone, we are interested in hearing about your experiences of fleet management software. Please share your views in the comments section below this page and we will update this list periodically.



Avrios provides a connected, easy-to-use platform, to manage your vehicles over their entire lifecycle – their procurement, administration, financial controlling and disposal. TCO monitoring, fuel consumption reports, tire management, vehicle and driver record, fuel card management.

Control your whole fleet in one platform, calculate TCO in seconds and download in-depth reports. Save 30% of costs and 75% of administrative time with suppliers. No more excel spreadsheets and piles of paperwork, ISO-certified quality data.

Country of origin: Switzerland with UK/European sales and support



Azuga turns vehicles in motion into intelligent assets. Azuga is used to improve safety, efficiency and profitability. Improve service levels and save money using one powerful analytics platform where you can tap into the richest set of data available on fleet activity.

Country of origin: US with European sales and support



Global supplier of vehicle tracking, fleet management and insurance telematics solutions. route optimisation, job delivery scheduling, sending alerts in case of incidents. With Ctrack you can compare individual vehicle and driver performance and identify issues such as poor fuel economy or potential fuel theft.

Reports may be automated and received via email, and tracking software gives the ability to drill down to a specific location and time. Save on fuel and maintenance costs, while minimising environmental impact monitored by carbon emissions (CO2) reporting.

Country of origin: US with European sales and support


Crystal Ball

Improves the visibility of your mobile workforce, “because you can’t manage, what you don’t measure.” Reduce operational costs with vehicle tracking. Award winning solution to improve driver behaviour with in-vehicle cameras.

Increase productivity with mobile tracking, ensure safety with lone worker protection and boost efficiency with field service management.

Country of origin: UK with European sales and support



Manage your fleet, plan daily operations of your mobile teams and monitor your trailers, containers or other mobile assets in real time. With its geolocation systems and monitoring in real-time, Emixis meets your expectations. Emixis designs customized equipment and services so that you can plan and track the movements of your teams, your vehicles and your mobile valuables.

Theft protection, planning and dispatching reports. All devices and geolocation equipment are manufactured in-house in Belgium.

Country of origin: Belgium with UK/European sales and support



E-TMS offers is the possibility to assign and unassign loads to vehicles or trailers in a dynamic and visual way with “drag & drop”. This technology facilitates the work of transport agents especially in companies of Full Load, cargo assembly or agencies, working in a friendly and easy environment. Delivery and pick-up alarms in case of delays. Lists or daily statistics. Electronic invoices are scanned conform the latest standards.

The E-FMS module covers all control of and scheduling of predictive and preventive maintenance and repairs, history of positioning of tires, fuel consumption and invoicing from suppliers and to customers. Interface with the statistics module for data mining. Route optimising and toll integration.

Country of origin: Spain with UK/European sales and support



FleetFocus tracks all functions related to the maintenance of vehicles and equipment, including processing repair and preventive maintenance PM work orders, capturing operating expenses (fuel, oil, and licensing), and offers billing and tracking for vehicle equipment usage.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support



Fleetio’s suite of fleet management solutions helps fleets of all sizes automate fleet operations and track drivers. You can track, score and rank your drivers, manage maintenance, fuel, vehicle inspections, parts + more.

Fleetio offers fuel card automation plus integration with multiple telematics solutions for automated odometer updates, DTC handling and fuel location reporting.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support


Fleet Maintenance Pro

Fleet Maintenance Pro is maintenance tracking software that makes quick and easy work of tracking and organizing preventive and repairs maintenance information for your fleet. It is flexible enough to let you track as much or as little information as you need, and automated and color-coded PM alerts will ensure that you when a certain vehicle or piece of equipment is due for service. Any unexpected maintenance performed on a vehicle will also be recorded and saved.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support



GPS fleet tracking solution to decrease costs, delight customers and improve productivity. With GPS fleet tracking, you have a complete picture of what happens in the field, from the time of departure to the time of delivery. Our vehicle tracking solutions are intelligent and innovative, providing the data you need to make better business decisions.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support



FleetWave is a modular web-based enterprise fleet management software for use with multiple types of vehicles, including cars, vans, commercial vehicles, off-road equipment, special equipment, and more. FleetWave can be used internationally, with support for country-specific compliance legislation requirements, including Department of Transportation inspections.

Country of origin: UK with UK/European sales and support



Geotab delivers end-to-end telematics technology and full-featured solutions help businesses of all sizes better manage their drivers and vehicles by extracting accurate and actionable intelligence from real-time and historical trips and vehicle data.

Country of origin: Canada with UK/European sales and support



GSMtasks gives a full overview of your company’s in-progress and scheduled tasks – visualised on the map with the driver’s current location and where they’re headed next. GSMtasks can be integrated into your current management systems, including customer relations, warehouse and sales providing a seamless flow of information.

Complete analytics, digital signatures, real-time updates, route optimisation, mobile app for drivers, drag & drop management and digital documents.

Country of origin: Estonia with UK/European sales and support



Instant insight into operational and delivery performance helps you get to know your business in real-time. One powerful platform gives you complete visibility into private, 3PL and blended fleet performance at any point during transport.

Isotrak’s robust platform, sleek dashboards and seamless integration into route planning systems gives you confidence you need to execute your plan and get it right from the start.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support


JDA Logistics Procurement

JDA Software understands that the customer is the new boss. JDA Software helps shippers, carriers and transportation service providers to better manage the complexities of a multi-modal logistics network.

Optimise delivery to customers by predicting and shaping demand, fulfilling faster and more intelligently, and improving customer experiences and loyalty.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support


Jobwatch Fleet Management

A comprehensive module of Jobwatch, the ultimate paperless way to plan, manage, schedule and track your mobile workforce. One single platform that manages all your fleet data for vehicles, trailers, assets & equipment incl. tracking MOT expiry dates, road-tax, insurance, service intervals and compliance records. Extensive list of features to keep everybody in your organization informed in real time. Journeytracking is another app from Bigchange Apps with a focus on vehicle tracking and monitoring.

Country of origin: UK with UK/European sales and support



An effective and easy way to manage your company fleet and remotely track assets. Increase your work efficiency. Control route and time, automatically generate reports and use other features to increase the efficiency of fleet operation.

Innovative solutions also for digital tachograph ( and task management system (Mapon Go)

Country of origin: Latvia with UK/European sales and support



Paragon offers routing, scheduling, management and tracking order fufilment through a single system which provides better visibility of the delivery process for both retailers and consumers.

Integrates with 30 different tracking systems and makes multi-drop home delivery easier with ‘heavy load delivery first’ option.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support


Route Monkey

Route Monkey delivers beyond route planning and can reduce fleet costs by up to 20% and substantially reduce carbon emissions, delivering a rapid return on investment. As part of the Trakm8 Group, Route Monkey can provide a fully integrated telematics and fleet management solution, including vehicle tracking, tachograph analysis, dashboard cameras and driver behaviour.

Route Monkey developed the world’s first optimisation software for electric vehicles. This award-winning EVOS product remains the only solution that can optimise a mixed fleet containing ULEVs and conventional vehicles.

Country of origin: UK with European sales and support


Teletrac Navman

DIRECTOR offers vehicle tracking, vehicle maintenance and fleet analytics within a single solution. The software uses GPS enabled electronic logging devices (ELD) that allow fleet managers to capture vehicle and driver information in real-time.

The GPS-based vehicle tracking functionality of the software provides users visibility into real-time vehicle location and data. DIRECTOR features include a security module which alerts users in the event of emergencies such as unauthorized vehicle movement, speeding and airbag deployment. The fleet analytics functionality of the software allows users to leverage vehicle data to create reports on fleet performance.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support



Fleet management is about getting more done with fewer resources in less time. Telogis fleet tracking system gives real-time access to data that can help improve planning, reduce overtime and limit unauthorized vehicle use. You’ll see what’s working, and what isn’t.

Telogis fleet management software using GPS tracking, driver safety applications, commercial navigation, work order management, and dispatch and route optimisation.

Country of origin: US with UK/European sales and support



WEBFLEET is a fleet management solution that provides real-time information about the location of your vehicles, lets you communicate directly with your drivers, helps to improve driving behavior, save on fuel and connects to a whole ecosystem of 3rd  party solutions.

Country of origin: UK with European sales and support



Cloud-based Freight Management Software to handle freight management processes, shipping and payment documents and eliminates manual and repetitive operations.

Many small enterprises are still using a fax, scanner and different office tools. In-transit visibility is the ability to track the identity, status, and location of freight cargo from the origin to the destination.

Country of origin: UK/Lithuania with European sales and support



Fleet and vehicle tracking solution for Ireland, UK and the rest of Europe. No matter the size of your fleet, we deliver a fully customised solution that puts business and fleet owners in the driving seat allowing cost reduction in all areas of business and vehicle management.

Country of origin: UK with European sales and support


Vehicle Manager Online

Vehicle Manager Online is an online analysis tool suite that helps you effectively manage and optimise the performance and costs of your vehicles. This small budget fleet management tool is simple to use. Load the fuel Usage, cost of the fuel and the odometer reading in kilometres or miles each time you purchase fuel and this will start the analysis of the costs and performance.

The data is saved online in a secure database which builds a detailed record of your vehicle performance and cost which can then be viewed in user-friendly graphics and tables to analyse how your vehicles are performing. The online tool will provide a detailed cost analysis and can indicate potential future vehicle service maintenance costs.

Country of origin: UK with European sales and support



Wialon platform supports over 1000 device models of various GPS hardware trackers, includes a cartographic server, has an open API for integration with existing back-office systems, allows for a custom white labelling of the interface, and offers such advanced functionality as driver behaviour monitoring and powerful report building tools.

Country of origin: Belarus with UK/European sales and support



Join TIP France at Solutrans 2017 Lyon

Take the time to visit Solutrans, the biennial trade fair for haulage and urban transport professionals, taking place at Lyon Eurexpo, France from 21 to 25 November 2017. This year’s edition promises to be record-breaking, ever more international and innovative!


The organisers expect all records to be broken relative to the 2015 edition of the show. There will be an increase in exhibitors to 900 with 50% more international brands represented. They will be exhibiting over an area of 75,000 sqm and presenting across all different aspects of the industry. These include industrial and light commercial vehicle (“LCV”) manufacturers and bodybuilders; trailer specialists; workshop equipment, tyres and after sales services suppliers.


Only the Eurovision song contest could be more international than Solutrans! In addition to exhibitors from host country France, the top 5 exhibiting countries are Italy, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and Turkey.

Sweden is the show’s featured country of honour, sending an official delegation to share its insights on the future of “autonomous and connected vehicles”.

LCV zone

According to the ACEA, France is the leading market for sales of new light commercial vehicles, with an 11.3% increase in sales in Q1 2016 (source: Argus Pro).  It is therefore only natural for there to be an LCV-dedicated zone at Solutrans.

Innovation and awards

The Lyon Métropole Chamber of Commerce and Industry is continuing the tradition that it established in 2001 by sponsoring the Solutrans Innovation Awards which recognises the most striking innovations that have improved the performance of a body–on-frame vehicle. In addition, Solutrans will be hosting the prize for the three internationally renowned awards: the International Truck of the Year; the International Van of the Year and the International Pick-up of the Year, whose winners will judged by an illustrious jury of editors from leading international commercial transport publications.

The future today

For a glimpse of the future, why not visit the new “start-up section”?  Among those appearing are which connects shippers and carriers in real-time including facilitating the booking process and which helps carriers and shippers manage their digital consignment notes, enabling carriers to bill instantly.

Alternatively, attend one of several discussion panels taking place on interesting themes including “cybersecurity and the Euro 6 norm,” “new engines and energy sources” and “client supplier relationships”.


On the Solutrans website you can download the Solutrans App that will guide you through the expo.


A Lyon welcome

Do not forget to visit Lyon, France’s second largest city, well-known for its gastronomy and plenty of good restaurants as well as its culture and history. Among the many highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site are the Old Town of Vieux Lyon; the Place Bellecoeur, a great piazza and the Notre Dame de Fourvière,  a 19th century basilica, from which you get a wonderful view of the city.

John Graham-Hart in The Telegraph said “I think Lyon, more than any other city in France, embodies that illusive French “art of living” – the joyful synthesis of all that makes life worthwhile: food, wine, culture, friends and family – and it’s an art that the Lyonnais are very happy to share with even the most casual visitor.”

TIP France at Solutrans

TIP France would also be delighted to extend a warm welcome to you at Solutrans. Please drop by its stand in Hall 4, Aisle H, stand 177 to discuss your trailer rental and maintenance needs. This will also be a good opportunity for us to introduce you to our new rental vehicles including electric vehicles.


Tuesday 21 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Wednesday 22 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Thursday 23 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Friday 24 November: from 9 am to 6 pm

Saturday 25 November: from 9 am to 6 pm


Visitors Access :

To Lyon : West Visitors Door

A43, Eurexpo exit

Boulevard de l’Europe

69686 Chassieu – France

Latitude : 45.743527 / Longitude : 4.971918


To Paris/Geneva : North Visitors Door

A46 (East Ring road) exit n°8 : Eurexpo Visitor

Rue Marius Berliet

69686 Chassieu – France

Latitude : 45.736366 / Longitude : 4.955674


To Chambery/Grenoble : South Visitors Door

A46 (East Ring road) exit n°10 : Eurexpo Visitors

Boulevard des Expositions

69686 Chassieu cedex France


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Can you rent a trailer with telematics?

Can you rent a trailer with telematics?

Trailers are changing rapidly; from simple lorries behind a truck into digital datacenters on wheels. Using telematics can give important real-time information to both the driver and the fleet manager about the progress of the journey. And, in case of an incident the telematics system can send alerts by e-mail or SMS text.

Telematics for trailers work with data sensors on the trailer which are connected to a modem. Using GPS and a mobile network, lots of data information from the trailer can be tracked and used to improve business performance and road safety.


Following your trailer across Europe and the Maghreb is just the basic feature of trailer telematics. You can add ‘geo-fences’ to the route from A to B; digital guidelines that are activated as soon as the trailer goes off-route. With the ongoing cargo-theft in Europe (Securing Industry), ‘geo-fencing’ helps you to stay alert when your trailer goes in a different direction than planned. In the situation of cargo theft, you can pinpoint the exact trailer location to local authorities.

To improve trailer and cargo security, you can have sensors installed on door locks that will send an alert as soon as they are opened at unscheduled moments. TIP Trailer Services’ experts can explain you about the advantages of telematics on your trailer.


Another feature in telematics is TPMS; a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that continually measures if the tyres are under or above the recommended pressure. If there is a slow-leaking tyre, the driver and the fleet manager will be informed immediately when the pressure reaches an operator-defined alert level. A trailer with under inflated tyres is less easy to steer and will react slower if the driver must make an emergency stop. It is also affecting negatively fuel efficiency, an essential KPI for road freight operators.

Having telematics installed on your trailers is becoming the new standard; customers would like to know what the exact ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) of their cargo is. In the case of refrigerated transport as for food and medicines, clients might also ask for a detailed temperature report during transport, to reassure their customers that temperature was monitored and complies with their standards. With telematics, you can share detailed reports with your customers, in different media types, like PDF or Excel.

Web based telematics platform

When you need extra trailer capacity and you want to rent a trailer with telematics on board, TIP Trailer services can demonstrate you all options. Besides the equipment on the trailer, you will need access to a web-based platform to be able to see and track your trailer and its data in real-time. This will require training for your fleet managers, so they can read the data , understand the information and act accordingly. It is also possible to integrate trailer data into existing fleet management systems.

To set up a trailer with telematics, is part of our tailormade solutions. With a long-term trailer rental contract, often named as leasing contract, we can empower any trailer with telematics and install the best modular options to make your transport business more safe, more trustworthy and more effective.

Contact TIP to set up an appointment about trailers and telematics. We are happy to show you some examples and a demo.

Transport is becoming iTransport with more big data rolling in

Transport is becoming iTransport with more big data rolling in.

There can be no misunderstanding; the transportation and logistics industry is a disruptive industry. Things have never changed so fast as they have over the last five years in an industry that has always been marked as ‘conservative’. The explosive rise of Internet consumer sales has forced transport companies to change their internal processes, warehouse structures and times of delivery. The consumer dictates, using mobile phones to visit e-shops. Next day delivery from the UK to Germany? Yes, we can. And so, thanks to the Internet, the economic forecast for transport companies looks bright with extra demands for transportation. As a company, you can join the race, but only if you have the right equipment and the technical set-up.


Digital marketplace

The more unexpected demands you receive, the more trailers and drivers you need. The transport optimisation report by ECR Europe claimed earlier that 35 up to 50% of vehicle capacity is is substantially under-utilised. This business inefficiency can be improved if you use another Internet development; Freight Exchange platforms. On these digital marketplaces for transport, you can sign up and bid a price for cargo that fits the size and the route of your trailer. An empty trailer doesn’t make money for your company, but using data to connect the location of your trailer with the location of cargo does. At the end of a modern day, it’s all about flexibility and your ability to respond quickly. This is why IT (Information Technology) and Big Data is becoming essential to stay in the race; slowly changing your company from Transport to iTransport.



To make your part of the supply chain most efficient, you will need more data information. Data about your trailers, your drivers, your cargo and your partners. In 2016, a 3PL survey conducted by Cap Gemini, Penn State University and Penske Logistics found that “the effective use of big data will become a core competency of supply chain organisations.” With the use of data, transport companies can improve their tactical and operational decisions. (source FleetOwner) This is called DDDM: Data Driven Decision Making. If you know how to use data from various sources, you can create a competitive advantage, combining technology with your expertise to gather and analyse information. Make the right capacity match in real-time between available cargo and your trailers, and you can have more full trailers driving home, improving your profitability.


Fleet management, data and telematics

To become more competitive, you must gather all sorts of data. At first, you’ll need telematics on your trailers. According to a recent Frost & Sullivan 2017 report, the CV telematics market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 14,2 %. Countries as UK, France, Germany and the Benelux have telematics installed, covering almost 70% of the market. Southeast Europe with countries a Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia are new upcoming areas that will embrace telematics in the very near future. With telematics you can receive data about the performance of drivers and vehicles, track your trailer, traffic information and navigation and decrease paperwork by sending a digital proof of delivery.

To connect your trailer fleet data with available shipments that are waiting for your bid on a Freight Exchange platform, you will need a fleet management system. These data terminals are becoming increasingly important for transport and logistics companies, even for smaller transport companies. But how do you choose the right system? Contact TIP to discuss the future of your transport company and how to make the right choices, based upon user experience.


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Five smart ways to recruit extra workers in transport

Five smart ways to recruit extra workers in transport

Most statistics are confident about economic growth in transport and logistics. Of course, some margins stay small, but both profit and future look bright. According to CSI, the total Transport & Logistics Industry Gross Profit grew by 6.05 % in Q2 2017 while Revenue increased by 4.88 %. (source CSI Market)

However, with the growing flexible demand for extra transports, a new problem arises: how do you manage your growth? And do you have enough qualified people available?

Renting more assets is relatively easy; you could consider making use of the rental trailer fleet of TIP which is available in sixteen European countries. Still, having more trailers on the road will require additional chauffeurs to drive each trailer and its cargo to their destination.

If flexibility in transportation is becoming a constant factor, the next step would be finding extra workers for your company. When you’re ready to hire new people; you’ll first have to find them. Here are five smart ways to start recruiting.


Networking with a bonus

‘A friend of a friend is a friend’, that also counts for your well-performing staff. Your truck drivers, fleet manager or warehouse employees, they all know the drill, the atmosphere and what’s needed for the job. Ask your employees to find someone and reward them with a nice bonus like a dinner out for two. Or two tickets for a great match to watch.


Keep your website fresh and attractive

If the above networking step starts to work, the first thing people will do is visit your website. As we all know; you can only make ONE good first impression, so make sure your site does. Have the available job positions on your website and place a few testimonials of employees at different departments. Let them tell ‘Why did they choose to work for your company?’


Advertise with your assets

Local search is alway best. To hunt for that extra man or woman in your team, you could use the power of your wheels on the road. Place your Job ad on the side and the back of your own trailers with a direct telephone number in BIG numbers. Don’t forget to take pictures of this and send these to everybody in your organisation with the request to share with friends on social networks (see step 1)


Use Facebook

The biggest social network with two billion users is Facebook. For local searches, Facebook Ads are a cheap and effective way to promote your job offer. For 5 euro per day, you could reach an average of 5-8.000 people that match with the local demographics the job requires. If you don’t have a local Facebook Page, this might be a good excuse to open one.


Recruit on specialised websites

If you are situated in a remote area, a local newspaper ad can help to reach the locals. But today, online recruiting is most effective. Here are some interesting platforms that can help you find the right person.



Dutch recruitment agency, specialised in finding professional truck drivers, warehouse and production workers. Although the website’s focus is on The Netherlands, Dutch are often open to relocating.



Offers truck driver job openings in UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands. Free job posting web site for recruiters/ employers/ companies in EU countries.



Offers driver jobs inside Germany on different logistic Hub Locations. Work with transport companies from Ireland, UK, Holland, Belgium, Danmark, Germany, France, Austria, Italy who use Germany for freight transit or tipping destinations.


Fish4 Job

Paid job platform to advertise your job in the transport sector. European coverage, but mostly English.



Paid platform with focus on UK and Ireland, with more than 5.000 jobs available for HGV Class2, LGV2, FLT, 18 Tonne HGV, VNA truck drivers.



Paid platform with jobs around the world including European driver jobs. Almost all European countries have a local website with local job offerings.


Any other suggestions and links are welcome; do share your experience in hiring new people for transportation and post a comment at the end of this article.