Sunday 17th Feb 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Wolseley seeks ten per cent fuel saving with tracking software

Wolseley UK has fitted 193 of 900 branch vehicles with new tracking technology, following a three-month trial as it seeks to improve efficiencies, and increase driver safety and reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent.

Masternaut Connect collates data in real-time to increase fuel efficiency, improve driver behaviour and reduce vehicle downtime. It also has the facility to alert customers when their deliveries are a certain distance from the delivery location.

Feedback from the pilot demonstrated fuel savings of between 8-10 per cent. The driver’s behaviour is monitored through an in-cab light bar, which alerts them when specific harsh driving events are detected, including rapid acceleration, braking and cornering, idling of the engine and speeding. The light bar then notifies the driver to the degree of which they have exceeded a driving event in real-time, allowing for an instant rectification.

Mike Crowley, transport development manager at Wolseley UK, said: “We are always looking for ways to enhance our customer deliveries while keeping our drivers safe and reducing our environmental impact. Masternaut has developed the next generation of telematics compared to what we previously had and was the obvious next stage for our branch transport. Over time, people may develop poor driving habits. This system is not intended as a tool to tell our employees that they are bad drivers, but simply to point out where they can make small changes to become even more efficient.”