Cleaner & Greener: How To Drive Down Fleet Emissions & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Last year, Australia’s transport sector produced almost 19% of the nation’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; increasing by 2.8% from the previous year¹ .

This climb in carbon emissions is attributed, in part, to the escalating use of diesel vehicles and freight activity, buoyed by strong population growth and a steady economy.

Hence, urgent action and a continuing commitment to reduce GHG transport emissions is required – especially from future-focussed companies operating large vehicle fleets – to combat climate change at a national level.

Plus, environmentally aware transport and logistics fleets are realising the significant business benefits of ‘green fleet’ management. These include:

  • reducing expenses
  • saving resources
  • improving operational efficiencies
  • enhancing your eco-friendly corporate identity

Here we highlight how transport and delivery operations can harness real-time fleet information from vehicle telematics to reduce your environmental impact:

1. Halt Harmful Fleet Emissions

Vehicles contribute to global warming by emitting harmful GHGs, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons, into the air. Diesel-fuelled vehicles are a key source of GHG transport emissions and airborne particles².

In fact, more Australians die prematurely each year as a result of urban air pollution³, from cardiac arrest, stroke, lung cancer or other respiratory disease⁴, than our national road toll⁵.

In contrast, many major cities overseas are banning or taxing diesel vehicles to reduce pollution for public health reasons, and because low-tailpipe-emission alternatives, such as electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles, and clean diesel technologies, are more readily available⁶.

To reduce harmful GHG transport emissions from your fleet:

 

> Keep vehicles maintained in peak condition for peak performance.

Proactive servicing of vehicles, to a realistic and cost-effective schedule, will ensure each vehicle operates efficiently and uses fuel maximally, i.e. best kilometres per litre.

 

  • For instance, driving with correct tyre pressures, to reduce the drag of under inflated tyres, or to reduce the wear of over inflated tyres, will improve fuel economy and lower fleet emissions.
  • Check and change or repair to improve, when appropriate, critical mechanical components such as engine oil, oxygen sensors, air filters, spark plugs, fuel injectors, brakes and so on.
  • Modifying exhausts with Diesel Particulate Filters may reduce the negative health effects from particles released during the diesel combustion cycle.
  • Inspect brakes as deteriorating brakes don’t release properly and can force a vehicle to work harder to accelerate, thus wasting fuel and increasing carbon emissions.
> Examine how your drivers operate your vehicles and help them drive with a lower environmental impact.

Driving behaviours, such as speeding, incorrect gears, harsh acceleration, harsh braking and harsh cornering, all waste fuel and resources, as well as increase fleet emissions.

But the good news is, these aggressive behaviours can be modified. On-board telematics devices effectively gather driver data to help companies implement performance-based driver education.

Plus, better driving leads to less collisions, resulting in lower repair bills, fewer material losses, less workplace injuries, and it reduces downtime; which all add up to a much lower carbon footprint.

GREEN INSIGHTS FOR FLEETS

Leopard Telematics, powered by Geotab’s GO telematics devices, captures rich engine diagnostics and vehicle data from your fleet. This allows you to proactively maintain a servicing schedule; keeping your fleet functioning well, keeping transport emissions low and avoiding possible breakdowns.

Leopard Telematics also tracks aggressive driving behaviours and fuel use, providing useful measures to support and train your drivers to drive more efficiently and safely. Rich telematics data also helps vehicle fleets manage travel times, optimise asset use and maximise productivity.

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2. Crackdown on Congestion

With all major cities in Australia experiencing population growth, our roads and transport systems are under pressure. The resulting traffic congestion is a major contributor of carbon emissions. Compared to slow vehicles moving at 20km/hour on congested roads, vehicles travelling smoothly at 60km/hr emit 40% less carbon into the atmosphere⁷.

Additionally, road congestion is estimated to cost the Australian economy over $16 billion each year in lost time, lost productivity, vehicle expenses and the negative health impacts of air pollution⁸. Justifiably, reducing your company fleet’s effect on road overcrowding is paramount.

To minimise road congestion and contribute to Australia achieving a better road network:

> Avoid heavy traffic by using GPS vehicle tracking systems and route optimisation technologies, such as telematics, to intelligently access road systems.

Smart navigation planning reduces kilometres travelled and, when implemented for transport or service fleets, prioritises delivery and work locations in a manner that’s time- and fuel-efficient.

When synced with real-time map and traffic information, vehicle drivers have access to useful information about potential hazards, road blocks and other road conditions.

In turn, this enables wiser decisions to avoid slow routes and not, inadvertently, add to the road congestion problem playing out in a specific location.

> Hand-in-hand with the detrimental effect of congestion increasing carbon emissions is engine idling.

Whether stuck in a traffic jam, or performing a stationary task with the engine running, e.g. doing paperwork or talking on the phone, idling comes at a high cost to your business and the planet.

  • An idling light commercial vehicle can waste 2-3 L of fuel per hour, and large trucks, i.e. semi-trailers, can burn up to 4 L of fuel per hour when not moving⁹.
  • Aside from fuel waste and carbon emissions, there’s also more engine wear, engine hours, noise pollution and poor air quality due to idling.
  • Cutting idling time by just one hour per week per vehicle could have substantial cost benefits to a large fleet – saving via less fuel burnt, fewer oil changes, less maintenance; not to mention the environmental benefits.

Before implementing an idle reduction strategy, you need to know what’s happening in your fleet. You can only manage what you measure; tracking real-time engine idling data via telematics is essential to understand where, when, who and how most of your fleet’s idling occurs, to then improve your operational efficiencies and lower transport emissions.

USE TELEMATICS TO EASE CONGESTION &
REDUCE IDLING


Leopard Telematics, powered by Geotab, can be applied to prevent your fleet vehicles from driving on already-congested roads or avoid known high-traffic routes, thus having a positive impact on traffic flow for all road users, while simultaneously reducing fleet emissions via operating with a steadier speed profile and minimal idling.

Leopard Telematics also gathers accurate engine data on time spent idling and, when integrated with GPS systems, offers insights on specific locations where longer periods of idling occur.

This valuable information offers insights to manage and reduce idling. Strategies for idle reduction management may involve in-cab driver alerts, exception rules for operational idling, installing idle-off devices, better route planning and optimised loading/unloading for delivery vehicles.

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3. Fight Fuel Waste

On the whole, maintaining peak engine efficiency, driving economically, avoiding congestion and reducing idling all contribute significantly to reducing transport emissions.

Yet, there are more ways to optimise or reduce how much fuel your fleet uses, and, in doing so, help combat climate change:

 

  • When carrying extra equipment on a truck, e.g. cooling units or mounted cranes, check with suppliers to make sure you’ve got the right size engine to carry the load and use fuel efficiently.
  • For medium and large trucks, the after-market addition of aerodynamic aids such as cabin roof deflectors, ‘nose cones’, side fairings and other air deflectors will lower your air resistance and reduce fuel consumption, particularly for vehicles travelling over 80km/h for long distances.
  • Also, low-drag tyres may offer better fuel consumption depending on the type of vehicle and operational requirements.
  • Opting for less polluting modes of transport or fuel may be applicable to some fleet operations, and takes planning to assess your fleet’s suitability to transition. The most obvious is changing part or all of your operations from diesel or petrol fuels to no-emission Electric Vehicles (EVs) or lower emission Hybrid vehicles; especially eco-friendly when the electricity generation is from renewable sources.
  • Advanced fuel technologies, such as biodiesel, LPG, CNG and Hydrogen, if applicable to your operation, or sub-sections of your operation (i.e. clean ‘last mile’ deliveries by foot/bike couriers or cargo bikes) may be worth considering to lower fleet emissions and reduce fossil fuel consumption.
POWERFUL ENVIRONMENTAL GAINS WITH FLEET TELEMATICS

Leopard Telematics, powered by Geotab, gathers precise data on driver behaviour, idling time, vehicle servicing, distances travelled, fuel use and much more – to create an accurate picture of your fleet’s overall environmental impact.

With such valuable information, compiled over time, your company can set realistic goals and establish a robust ‘green fleet’ plan. Measuring and monitoring the success of your sustainability strategy will keep your company on track to achieve even greater environmental stewardship.

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Smart GPS tracking and vehicle diagnostic reporting technologies, such as Leopard Telematics, are making it easier for fleet operations to take control of their conservation efforts and understand their impact on the environment.

Contact Leopard Systems for more information and support to create a greener, cleaner fleet

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Understanding Your Fleet Telematics System: What Are Your Vehicles Telling You?

Managing and maintaining a large fleet of profitable vehicles is no easy task. As a vehicle fleet manager, you’re on a perpetual quest to simultaneously maximise productivity and reduce expenditure.

Therefore, to create a more cost-efficient, reliable and safe fleet operation that outperforms rival companies – a deep understanding of how your fleet is functioning is crucial.

In fact, the intelligent use of tangible information about your company vehicles will inform and clarify business decisions that help generate better returns.

FLEET TELEMATICS SYSTEM FOR INTELLIGENT INSIGHTS

Fortunately, modern fleet telematics solutions unlock new revenue streams by using accurate real-time data to improve productivity.

Investing in a cutting-edge fleet telematics system will likely pay for itself when the data gathered is applied effectively and proactively to solve problems and streamline operations.

With a fleet telematics system device in every vehicle, sending real-time data to a secure cloud-based management system – that generates relevant reports, automated alerts and key performance metrics about fuel, repairs, usage and operation – you’ll feel ‘in touch’ with your entire fleet.

In essence, your vehicles are communicating real sure-fire ways to optimise efficiencies and save money; your fleet telematics system simply provides the means to help you listen.

So, what are your fleet vehicles telling you?

Here are several key responses to know and act on:

1. WE NEED TO USE FUEL EFFICIENTLY

Fuel economy is a major, if not the most important, factor for companies to manage and control when running a profitable fleet of vehicles. The cost of fuel is high and fluctuates unpredictably, therefore every effort to save fuel will help boost profits.

On-board fleet telematics GPS vehicle tracking, when integrated with map navigation systems, offer powerful ways to enhance fuel efficiencies such as:

  • Optimised routing and navigation planning substantially reduces travel distances and fuel use
  • Re-routing trips in light of traffic data avoids congested roads and reduces the likelihood of being stuck in traffic idling, thus saving time and fuel
  • Smart route planning for delivery vehicles arranges drop-off locations in the most energy- and time-efficient order
  • Intelligent dispatching using vehicle GPS data matches the closest operators to each job location in real time, reducing the distance to jobs, saving time and delighting customers through responsive service delivery.

Furthermore, because fleet telematics systems calculate individual vehicle fuel consumption with great accuracy, and can sync with company fuel accounts and on-board payment cards – fuel theft can be detected and, better still, prevented.

Likewise, data relating to fuel slippage and other fuel performance factors is valuable for informing decisions on better vehicle use and minimising fuel costs.

2. WE NEED ENGINES THAT RUN WELL

Indeed, maximising engine efficiencies saves on fuel costs, yet well-running vehicles offer additional cost-saving benefits.

In short, an efficient, healthy and well-monitored engine spends more time on the road, and is less likely to breakdown and become sidelined for unexpected repairs.

Vehicle telematics systems help fleet managers keep engines in top working order and increase savings by:

  • Issuing service reminders at designated engine hours used, kilometres travelled and/or days since last service
  • Creating engine diagnostic, odometer, delivery and driving reports – to improve servicing decisions and ensure that only necessary or worthwhile ‘extra’ repairs are done
  • Detecting changes or abnormalities in specific engine metrics that may flag a problem, allowing it to be promptly fixed before becoming a bigger problem
  • Repairing engines for more efficient fuel use. 

Understanding the current engine status of fleet vehicles makes co-ordinating what vehicles to service when, versus what to keep on the road, easier. Proactive preventive engine maintenance via intelligent scheduling reduces the likelihood of inconvenient and costly breakdowns.

Additionally, the rich detail of engine data collected by the fleet telematics system, aside from enabling better servicing, helps optimise spare parts inventories – so everyday items such as replacement fluids, filters, belts, hoses and so on are on-hand ready for timely repairs.

3. WE NEED TO BE FULLY UTILISED

As a capital expense and depreciating asset, productive use of every vehicle in your fleet is essential.

To do this effectively, fleet managers need accurate up-to-date information to support decisions such as:

  • What vehicles are doing the most, and least, work?
  • How can we optimise vehicle use accordingly?
  • Which vehicle assets have expended their working life?
  • When should they be traded in?
  • What type of new vehicles will be best to replace old vehicles and add the most value to our operations?

A better understanding of vehicle and equipment asset usage via a fleet telematics system leads to:

  • Selling off what you aren’t using
  • Reducing and optimising daily running and maintenance costs
  • Reducing insurance and registration costs on idle or under-used vehicles
  • Identifying new ways to maximise fleet efficiencies.

Occasionally, some businesses lose track of what they own. Then – in order to fulfil their services uninterrupted – they pay to hire an equivalent asset, effectively spending double and sabotaging profits. Thus, clarity on held assets saves unnecessary rental expenses and improves business revenue.

Day to day, the GPS vehicle tracking from a fleet telematics system pinpoints all vehicle asset locations on a map in real time. This enables:

  • Vehicle assets and drivers to be monitored, and jobs to be assigned appropriately
  • Dangerous or unsafe roads or territories to be avoided; for instance, due to bad weather, road works, traffic accidents or other avoidable delays
  • Co-ordinated and rapid on-the-ground responses to arising issues based on mission-critical intelligence.

Plus, if a vehicle gets stolen, your fleet telematics system will instantly show you where it is, minimising recovery costs, recovery time, insurance claims and downtime losses.

4. WE NEED TO BE DRIVEN SAFELY & EFFICIENTLY

The final factor influencing your vehicle fleet’s performance and your bottom line is how your drivers operate your vehicles. Fleet telematics systems can be used to alter individual driver behaviour, enhance driver productivity and optimise whole-of-fleet efficiencies.

Aside from less engine wear and tear, less maintenance costs, less traffic fines and lower insurance premiums when your vehicles have good safe drivers, a fleet telematics system can further improve driving behaviour and unlock extra revenue.

Strict rules can be implemented to change driving behaviour for better fuel consumption and, more importantly, for safer driving to minimise accidents and the associated expense of repairs, downtime, injuries, increased insurance costs and so on.

A fleet telematics system can detect individual driver and vhicle data such as:

  • Speeding and harsh braking of potentially dangerous and costly driving, to highlight where driver improvement is needed, plus monitor and reward good driving habits
  • Unnecessary periods of engine idling and wasting fuel, to determine how to improve the way vehicles are used and, thus, adapt operations to ensure less idling occurs
  • Identifying vehicle faults via compulsory pre-trip inspection reports, to ensure that potential mechanical hazards are repaired and OHS compliance requirements are met before the vehicle is driven

Furthermore, a vehicle fleet telematics system designed to enhance driver safety and vehicle efficiencies provides:

  • Optimised routes and workflow predictions that support staff to work effectively, reduce overtime, reduce driving times and improve fuel efficiency 
  • Real-time in-cabin alerts that notify drivers of unsafe and/or inefficient driving so they can make prompt corrections and improve their driving
  • Vehicle re-fuelling data that is monitored, recorded and authorised to keep banking and personal information secure, plus minimise fuel losses from theft
  • Automated up-to-the-minute reports and monitoring to support drivers to comply with EWD fatigue management and other vehicle inspection laws, for peace of mind and better performance.

In summary, fleet telematics systems offer comprehensive fleet management control – to ensure better use of vehicle assets your company owns; continually unlocking extra revenue and optimising your fleet operations. Talk to Leopard Systems today  about implementing a scalable fleet telematics system that will enhance your business operations.

Hazard Holiday: Why More Fleet Managers Should Use Telematics To Safeguard Drivers

Telematics helps to keep your fleet safe with data on the vehicle, the driving and routes

Holidays, more often than not, can be dangerous. In the lead up to the busy holiday period, when Australian roads become deadlier, fleet managers are being urged to take advantage of fleet telematics systems to help save lives.

Most Australian states and territories follow a ‘Towards Zero’ road safety strategy, similar to the ‘Vision Zero’ principle adopted by many overseas countries and US cities.

Simply put, the Vision Zero goal is to achieve zero road fatalities; because one road fatality is one too many. The Towards Zero campaign aims to ensure no-one is seriously injured on our roads.

Companies striving to operate safe vehicle fleets naturally align with Towards Zero’s key aims – to improve the safety of:

1) road users

2) road speed limits, and

3) road vehicles.

The fourth aim, to improve road and roadside infrastructure, falls outside the direct influence of supply chain operators.

Supporting Fleet Managers To Save Lives & Use Vehicle Telematics

While road safety education and action are helping to lower road fatalities, as it stands, over 1000 people lose their lives on Australian roads each year. And thousands of more road users suffer life-affecting injuries.

Importantly, vehicle telematics systems that monitor vehicles and support drivers have a clear role to play in curbing the future road toll even further.

For fleet managers — with a duty of care to your employed and contracted drivers, and a legal responsibility to ensure safe road activities within your entire supply chain — the operational visibility and data insights offered by a fleet telematics system can’t be ignored.

Vehicle fleet telematics systems provide numerous business gains, such as:

  • optimised routes and deliveries
  • better dispatching and customer service
  • greater efficiencies and productivity, and more…

But when it comes to protecting lives, how will a fleet telematics system make your drivers safer on the road?

What’s crucial for a fleet manager to know?

1. You’ll know where they are

Real-time GPS tracking of your moving vehicles using a fleet telematics system will give you a birds-eye view of the locations of your company’s vehicles and drivers.

Knowing where your drivers are is the first critical piece of information you’ll need to quickly help them if there’s an emergency.

Plus, if a vehicle ever leaves a designated ‘geofenced’ work area, the onboard telematics system can trigger an alert, to let you know when a vehicle may be stolen and driven to a non-designated area.

Telematics fleet management systems can also collect data from various vehicle systems, to indicate out-of-the-ordinary activities, for example, longer than normal idling, stationary positions or unusual speed readings – with an alert sent to notify head office.

If route changes occur due to unforeseen hazards, fleet managers will have this information automatically on hand to make timely decisions.

2. You’ll know how they drive

Fleet telematics systems can monitor driver behaviours and critical vehicle checkpoints such as speeding, seatbelt use, driving time for fatigue management, harsh braking, excessive acceleration and so on.

When compliance to meet safety and legal regulations is vital, what you measure about your drivers via vehicle telematics, you can then manage more effectively.

Road safety for mobile fleets is all about keep your fleet in good condition and being proactive
As your ‘chain of responsibility’ for on-road safety comes under pressure during holiday periods, fleet telematics systems help you set achievable safety and efficiency goals for your drivers. Think about instigating rewardable targets that engage your personnel to become consistently better drivers, for example, with behaviours that;

  • improve fuel economy
  • eliminate speeding
  • delay vehicle wear via less harsh braking and accelerating.
What’s more, telematics fleet management systems can be tailored to deliver automatic in-vehicle instructions and performance coaching to your drivers – to proactively train better, safer drivers of your road vehicles.

3. You’ll know the condition of your vehicles

Real-time data from your fleet telematics system provides pertinent details about the mechanical state of your vehicles. Vehicle fault diagnostics, engine hours, fuel consumption, instrument readings and sub-system data from each vehicle, plus pre-trip checks (e.g. for loads, load restraints, dangerous goods) and maintenance scheduling, offer valuable insights to improve fleet safety and productivity, as well as support management of your supply chain responsibilities.

4. You’ll know when something happens, or prevent it 

Although we strive for a safe road transport system that protects us from our own and others’ mistakes, unforeseen events and accidents still happen. Telematics can help to identify and monitor drivers who are tired and distracted and to assess unsafe road and weather conditions. Logging of work and rest times for heavy vehicle fatigue management and Electronic Work Diaries requirements can be extracted from vehicle telematics data. Add-on capabilities, available with Leopard Delivery and Leopard Telematics, such as in-cab cameras to view drivers and roads, means vehicle telematics systems may be effectively used to reduce fatigue- and/or weather-related incidents. Monitoring of heavy vehicle stability systems help to detect a vehicle approaching its handling limits. GPS tracking combined with collision detection sensors in the vehicle can be set to trigger an automatic accident notification with location data to emergency services and your head office. Furthermore, forensic acquisition of vehicle data could be helpful for understanding any potential losses and managing the subsequent investigation. Lastly, vehicle telematics systems can detect when a service is due or when a battery is close to the end of its service life, allowing appropriate tasks can be actioned to prevent your driver from being stranded due to engine problems. A well-designed vehicle telematics system will help improve driving and prevent accidents. Subsequently, this will enhance road transport safety, as a whole, and reduce safety risks across your entire fleet, for greater peace of mind.

Geotab & Leopard

Partnering with Geotab to deliver integrated fleet telematics solutions, Leopard Systems are proud to support the work of Vision Zero into Australia, alongside the Towards Zero road safety campaign.

Leopard Telematics™ provides a simple-to-use platform interface that delivers rapid alerts, for fleet managers to act on mission-critical events as soon as they occur. Integrating relevant telematics data with business systems offers fleet managers operational visibility for better decision-making. Driver scorecard reports from Leopard Telematics™ data helps fleet managers coach and incentivise for improved driving behaviours. Plus, provides customisable reports, to help you visualise specific information relevant to your unique operation. Contact Leopard Systems today to find out more about Leopard Telematics™ for your fleet.

How to develop an EWD solution that achieves your Fatigue Management responsibilities

An EWD can be an asset to managing your mobile fleet

Under the HVNL, written work diaries (WWD) and approved electronic work diaries (EWD) are required for fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle operators. How can you best develop an EWD for your fleet?

A technology provider’s view on addressing Australia’s heavy vehicle regulations within your enterprise mobility solution

Globally and in Australia, fatigued and drowsy heavy vehicle drivers are a recognised safety hazard and a major concern for the road transport industry.

Insufficient sleep, night driving and long work periods are all known causes of driver fatigue.

Combating fatigue and reducing fatal road accidents involving heavy vehicles is enforced under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL); passed in most Australian states and territories in 2014. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is responsible for administering the HVNL in accordance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2004, the Adelaide Centre for Sleep Research found that a person who’s been awake for 17 hours has the same driving crash risk as a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 (g/100mL); both are twice as likely to have an accident as a well-rested person with no alcohol in their blood. Worse, a driver awake for 24 hours straight has the equivalent driving crash risk as a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.10 (g/100mL), and is seven times more likely to have a crash.

Electronic Work Diaries

Under the HVNL, fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle operators, their employers and any party in the supply chain must ensure safe transport activities.

As part of that, fatigue management, including driver compliance with specified maximum work and minimum rest limits, is enforced by the NHVR’s legal requirement of written work diaries (WWD) and approved electronic work diaries (EWD).

Work diaries create an accurate daily record of an individual driver’s time spent working, driving and resting, including vehicle types, locations and distances covered, as evidence to obey the HVNL.

Approved EWD Systems

As the approving authority for Electronic Work Diary systems that meet the requirements of the EWD Standards, the NHVR, as of 29 November 2018, are yet to approve any independent enterprise mobility systems, integrated vehicle telematics systems or electronic recording devices as EWD tools.

This means a WWD, as the primary record-keeping method, must accompany any data and calculations generated from a non-approved electronic recording device or digital system, until EWD systems are approved by the NHVR as an alternative. The submission and approval process for electronic work diary systems is underway…

Road Safety Management

Since 1st October 2018, all parties involved in transport tasks are now legally liable for heavy vehicle road law breaches, even if you or your company are not directly responsible for driving a heavy vehicle.

Accordingly, consignors, consignees, packers, loaders, receivers, schedulers, as well as managers, directors, executive officers and corporate entities responsible for employees—all form an important ‘chain of responsibility’ (CoR) to ensure safe management of fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle operations.

Thus, when approved by the NHVR, electronic work diaries will improve safety, enhance work planning and reduce lengthy paper administration tasks.

Importantly, approved EWDs will provide a simple, secure and automated way to record work and rest hours for heavy vehicle drivers, as a legal requirement, and could provide access to more business intelligence data, therefore, becoming a real-time fleet safety, compliance and performance management tool.

EWD System Development

As a modern transport operator, integrating EWD functionality into your current enterprise mobility system or adopting an out-of-the-box approved EWD solution, will ensure you’re ready to meet your CoR fatigue management obligations.

Such an EWD system must be built to Electronic Work Diary Standards as set out by the NHVR.

Therefore, it may help to select an EWD-knowledgeable technology partner to develop a solution tailored to your needs and submit your candidate EWD system to the NHVR for approval.

 

Telematics & Mobility

Installed telematics solutions, such as Geotab, extract vehicle usage, performance metrics and GPS tracking data via a device plugged into the computer system of a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.

Such digital telematics solutions offer a convenient and automated way for the heavy vehicle driver to meet EWD requirements by collecting and recording accurate hours of driving, location and distance information when operating that specific vehicle. 

EWD can be an asset to your large mobile fleet

If the same driver is subsequently required to drive a heavy vehicle without telematics fitted, then a delivery tracking and fleet management solution, such as Leopard Delivery Cloud, operating via the driver’s smartphone and independent of the vehicle, could be used. This heavy vehicle driver tracking solution would log critical electronic work diary information for compliance, plus manage freight records and other logistics at the same time.

For drivers without access to vehicle telematics systems, the Leopard Delivery App may offer an easy way to collect accurate EWD information.

Sophisticated operations running complex vehicle fleets may well combine vehicle telematics and delivery mobility information to enable collection of EWD information in a consolidated and efficient way.

EWD System Technology Partners

In addition to productivity gains, Leopard Delivery has the capacity to intelligently extract, organise and manage EWD information from telematics sources and handheld equipment in compliance with NHVR’s EWD Standards.

Leopard Systems technology providers are available to partner with your organisation and help design or update your digital record-keeping solutions to meet EWD requirements. For peace of mind that your drivers will comply with EWD legal requirements, and that your organisation’s CoR obligations to your supply chain are met – talk to Leopard Systems today.

Find out what your organisation may need and speak with our specialists about implementing Leopard Telematics and Leopard Delivery for your heavy vehicle operations.

Vehicle telematics for your team: The hidden enterprise benefits of fleet and driver data

Unwatched, unmonitored vehicles could be wasting significant business resources.

However, with a smart solution in place, your vehicle fleet can become a source of business intelligence that boosts efficiencies across your entire enterprise.

That’s why more and more transport and logistics companies make clever use of vehicle ‘telematics’ systems.

Fleet telematics, in essence, is a real-time multi-vehicle tracking system. A telematics solution syncs vehicle computer systems with a centralised web-based interface to extract, store and receive high-value data about your vehicles and drivers.

Insights for all departments: What business problems can vehicle telematics solve?

For transport and supply chain companies with multiple vehicles, telematics could improve all areas of your business. But how?

In general, delivery fleet telematics systems improve business via;

  • Fuel savings
  • Increased productivity
  • Lower wages
  • Improved efficiency
  • Cost-effective communications.

From retrieving fuel usage, driving time, idling time, fault diagnostics, instrument readings and mechanical data from each vehicle, to sensing harsh braking, acceleration and cornering by drivers, plus real-time GPS location and rapid accident detection – a fleet telematics solution offers must-have insights that will improve your operations, enhance output, save money and reduce pollution.

Yet, even greater results are possible when your whole team take advantage of telematics information. Each department’s inefficiencies can be scrutinised, questioned and resolved via a whole-of-business approach.

 

Questions your various departments may ask:

MANAGEMENT:

Managers study telematics data to better understand where business losses are occurring.

  • How many accidents did we have last year and why? What preventive measures can we apply?
  • What’s causing excessive fuel use? How can we reduce our fleet’s total fuel consumption?
  • What returns could we expect from expanding into a new territory or introducing a new product?
  • How can we better anticipate our company needs and maximise new opportunities?

Managers leverage vehicle telematics intelligence to make high-level decisions based on real facts and figures to increase productivity, reduce costs and enhance customer service.

A well-designed vehicle telematics system will inherently improve driving standards and prevent accidents, which will reduce liabilities across a whole fleet for peace of mind.

FINANCE:

Financial Directors access telematics information to gain a clear picture of an organisation’s operations, to see where both saving and making money is possible.

  • What adjustments will make our fleet vehicles more efficient and reduce overtime costs?
  • How can we reduce our vehicle liabilities to save on insurance premiums?
  • What changes can we make to price our delivery tasks more competitively?
  • How can we better manage our capital investments and vehicle assets for greater returns?

Vehicle telematics systems accurately record and accumulate information about fuel use, vehicle maintenance, fleet productivity and safety reports.

Your finance department will find new ways to reduce costs, verify expenses, improve invoicing and increase efficiencies, such as optimising fuel use, reducing delivery times and eliminating unauthorised mileage.

SALES & MARKETING:

Sales & Marketing Directors increase company sales and grow business. With telematics data, they manage sales more effectively and instigate intelligent marketing strategies.

  • Which geographic territories are falling short of our sales targets, and why?
  • What type of driver is delivering most efficiently and effectively? How can we replicate this?
  • What can we learn from our current customers and deliveries to improve future sales results?
  • Are there reoccurring sales patterns or delivery results that reveal new markets?
  • Where should we put more salespeople?

With proof-of-service, business mileage and customer delivery reports, vehicle telematics helps increase sales and business growth, all while increasing customer confidence and satisfaction.

HUMAN RESOURCES:

Human Resources Managers use fleet telematics communications to enhance staff efficiencies, provide incentives for improved performance and motivate employees to work harder and smarter.

  • How can we provide a safer work environment while maintaining productivity?
  • What driver behaviours are impacting business operations? How can we improve our workforce?
  • Are our delivery drivers and vehicles OHS and regulation compliant? If not, why not?
  • What changes will enhance driver safety and vehicle efficiencies while minimising risks and saving fuel?

In-vehicle instructions, driver coaching, navigational assistance and safety awareness from the telematics device ensure new employees learn best-practice driving, while established drivers enhance their skills.

Further, telematics device systems offer accurate ‘hours of service’ tracking for payroll accounting, workplace compliance and staff management purposes. Plus, automated driver time-sheets reduce errors and save HR managers’ time.

FLEET OPERATIONS:

Fleet Managers demand comprehensive up-to-the-minute whole fleet, specific vehicle and individual driver information from fleet telematics systems.

  • What new strategies can we apply that will save more fuel and reduce maintenance costs?
  • How can we improve delivery response times and increase fleet utilisation?
  • What routing and scheduling adjustments can we make to improve efficiencies?
  • What type of driver is the safest and most productive? How can we increase this type of driver?
  • What vehicle maintenance and compliance measures can we perform without impacting operations?
  • How are we responding to vehicle breakdowns and security issues?

Vehicle telematics give fleet managers a wealth of accurate real-time vehicle information, such as how a vehicle is being operated, what engine care is needed, what delivery job is being executed and precisely where a vehicle is at any given moment.

Telematics unlocks extra revenue through complete fleet management control and continual optimisation of fleet operations.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:

Customer Service agents seek to provide accurate information to customers through a high level of support. Real-time vehicle telematics data, accessed via a web-based interface, clarifies customer queries relating to delivery arrival times, service schedules, demurrage events, proof of site visits, and so on.

  • Where is a customer’s delivery right now? When will the delivery arrive at the customer’s address?
  • Any mechanical alerts or vehicle problems responsible for a delivery delay?
  • What nearby fleet vehicle can cover deliveries for a vehicle breakdown or other disruption?
  • How can we improve response times and better serve our customers?

In-cabin speaker communication to drivers from customer service agents saves time, improves productivity and addresses customer queries quickly. Live vehicle tracking and customer exchange tracking provide transparency and build customer trust with your company.

By helping customers with the best, most accurate information available, excellent customer service is provided, customer satisfaction increases and your reputation is protected.

ON THE ROAD:

Delivery Drivers, Sales Personnel and Field Service agents, often in fleets of thousands, are at the coalface of vehicle telematics systems.

Their driving behaviours detected by vehicle sensors, and other pertinent engine parameters, plus route history and real-time GPS location, are continuously reported to the telematics data ‘ecosystem’. Typically, driver questions concern their day’s work;

  • What’s my optimised route and delivery order for today’s tasks?
  • Is this fleet vehicle compliant, serviced and safe for me to drive? Am I safe to drive it?
  • What’s my next delivery location? What’s the most efficient way to get there? How long will it take?
  • How can I adjust my driving to be more resourceful, save fuel and reduce vehicle wear?
  • Where is my vehicle located exactly? To notify a stolen vehicle to police or receive breakdown assistance.

Tracking of drivers and vehicles verifies ‘proof of delivery or service’ at the customer’s location, manages driver fatigue and simplifies ‘chain of responsibility’ tasks which, naturally, help drivers to perform well.

Vehicle telematics support drivers to lower costs, increase competitiveness and enhance service levels.

In turn, this creates a prosperous future for everyone connected to your company including employees, suppliers and customers.

Leopard Telematics for fleets of all sizes

Leopard Telematics, powered by Geotab, is an innovative fleet management technology that communicates vehicle data, including GPS tracking, driver behaviour and engine parameters, from an in-vehicle Geotab GO device to a secure web platform called MyGeotab Dashboard.

Easy and quick to set up, the Geotab vehicle tracking device simply plugs into the engine diagnostic OBDII port of your vehicle. No special tools or fitting expertise needed. An adapter or harness is available for when there’s no OBDII port, when the OBDII port must remain free for servicing requirements, or when the Geotab device must be secured out of reach.

Next, the device serial number, company name, asset number and odometer reading are entered into the Geotab web platform to complete the installation and connect all communications. That’s it, you’re done and ready to go.

With real-time vehicle locations on the map, safer driving environments and the undeniable cost savings of improved efficiencies, Leopard’s telematics solution offers a powerful productivity-boosting return on investment.

Affordable intelligence

Compared to traditional ‘black box’ engine recording devices, the Geotab device is a fraction of the size to install. And, for such a low-cost rapid installation, the Leopard Telematics system provides comprehensive intelligence to answer the important vehicle and driver questions asked by the largest of transport companies.

Furthermore, the Geotab device and similar OBDII plug-in devices can integrate data seamlessly from many vehicle systems, such as temperature sensors, low-resolution parking cameras, load detectors and more – making it an obvious and economical choice for delivery fleets.

In short, because knowing where your vehicles are, knowing your drivers are safe and knowing your resources are used wisely is important; the value of a vehicle telematics solution cannot be underestimated.

To find out more about Leopard Telematics, download our solution datasheet for details or contact us directly with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you use telematics to unleash productivity and efficiency for your business.