Connected trucks and trailers through telematics – part 1

Connected trucks and trailers through telematics – part 1

Connected trucks and trailers through telematics are on the rise in Europe. Connected trucks are here to stay and offer myriad benefits to fleet operators.

Telematics growth

Industry analysts Technavio forecast that the commercial vehicle telematics market in Europe will show a compound annual growth rate of nearly 14% between 2018 and 2022. They say that the top emerging trend in the “connected trucks” space is the use of telematics by fleets for truck platooning.  A truck platoon is a convoy of two or more trucks, which follow one another closely behind, thanks to connectivity technology and automated driving assistance systems which requires little or no intervention from drivers.

Truck telematics benefits

According to TomTom Telematics, the industry’s perception of the power of telematics is too centred around road transport fleets using it to monitor their drivers on the road. TomTom Telematics emphasize that the advantages of telematics to fleet operators go beyond this. In addition, telematics generates significant data about drivers and vehicles which positively affect the total cost of ownership of your fleet.

These advantages include:

  • Compliance– Telematics can facilitate the provision of information for fleet managers’ compliance teams needing to demonstrate that their fleet has been complying with government compliance standards. This might include providing evidence for inspection or audit of drivers’ hours compliance.
  • Finance– Telematics can support the finance department in improving the bottom line. It can produce accurate mileage reports for tax claims and minimise vehicle maintenance costs and downtime. It can also improve driver behaviour leading to fewer accidents, better fuel consumption and longer lasting truck and trailer assets.
  • Operations– Vehicle inspections carried out through telematics can alert management to possible maintenance and repairs.
  • Sales– Telematics is a useful tool for business development and sales. Connected trucks and trailers enable you to track vehicles as they deliver to your key accounts and plan for fulfilling new business opportunities. (source: The Director)

Legal obligation to fit telematics?

The installation of telematics on a truck or trailer is voluntary. However, this could change. The UK’s Fleet Industry News published a news story about a fatal bus crash in Coventry in October 2015, in which two pedestrians died. The 80-year-old Midland Red Southbus driver had mistaken the accelerator for the brake before the accident. He had previously received eight warning letters about the poor standard of his driving after a telematics system fitted to his vehicle had highlighted his unsafe driver behaviour. He had also been a driver in four other accidents over the past three years. However, he had not attended company meetings to address issues over his driving because Midland Red South wanted him on the road instead.

Fatal bus crash ‘may prompt compulsory telematics law

In the article, Paul Loughlin, a solicitor at law firm Stephensons noted that the Traffic Commissioner, the UK government organisation responsible for licencing and regulating buses and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) does not oblige fleet operators to install telematics but that this situation might change.

Mr. Loughlin said, “As in this case, operators can be prosecuted for ignoring clear and indisputable issues relating to health and safety deficiencies highlighted by telematics systems.”

“Regulatory action might also come before the Traffic Commissioner as a result.”

Pleased with telematics

Elis, formerly known as Berendsen, is the largest operator of linen, textile and well-being services in Europe. By adopting telematics integrated with video surveillance systems, Elis claims to have improved its fuel efficiency by 13% and increased the safety of its 750-strong fleet of HGVs and light commercial vehicles. (source: Landmobile)

As part of an initiative to improve safety, BOC, the UK’s biggest supplier of industrial and medical gases will shortly fit telematics systems on its entire bulk tractor and trailer fleet.  Its initial six-month trial on 10 BOC assets helped enhance safety, minimised vehicle breakdowns and downtime. The telematics system provides an on-board datalink, a tyre pressure monitoring system, constant geolocation, and electronic braking system data analysis. (source: Gasworld)

TIP and telematics

In 2018, TIP Trailer Services is celebrating its 50thyear in trailer rentals and servicing. Our commitment to industry innovation and new technology has been instrumental to our success. We have been involved in telematics for trailers and trucks since the infancy of this technology. TIP Trailer Services has built up considerable expertise in supplying and fitting telematic solutions from all major telematics providers onto trailers and trucks.

TIP trailer rental options

TIP supplies trailers on a rental or lease basis in many forms including semi-trailer, flatbed, curtainsiders, box trailers, tankers, reefers, tipping powder, non-tipping, containers, moving/walking floor, waste, and chemical trailers as well as light commercial vehicles and trucks.

Trust us with your trailer maintenance and repair

As part of trailer rental contracts, TIP Trailer Services includes maintenance and repair management services. For further information on flexible trailer rental with TIP Trailer Services and the telematics solutions it can provide, please contact us using this form.

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