Farrall’s Transport has taken on Volvo Trucks’ online transport information system, Dynafleet, to boost service and reduce costs.
“Given that our bottom line fuel bill amounts to over £1m a year – fuel is our biggest bill after wages,” says managing director Mike Farrall.
The firm wanted to invest in a system that enables measurement of driving style on fuel consumption for its predominately Volvo fleet.
Farrall’s has phased in the Dynafleet technology gradually over the last two years.
It now gives the transport manager a real-time view of fuel consumption, service intervals and driver times as well as current locations of the vehicles in the fleet.
Dynafleet produces a report based on idling time, gear selection, cruise control etc, and taking into account variables such as load weights to score each driver for feedback linked to an incentive scheme and driver bonuses.
“We are reaping the benefits from using the information collected via Dynafleet – whether it is data on the vehicle, the driver, or the load being hauled,” says Farrall.
“Implementing Dynafleet is a significant investment for a medium sized company such as Farrall’s Transport. However, the rewards are considerable.”
With Dynafleet Farrall’s has boosted efficiency from an average of 8.6 to 9.6 mpg, resulting in a saving of some £100,000 per year.