For one of the UK’s leading demolition companies, Hughes and Salvidge, driver safety of its 50-strong fleet is a top priority. With almost fifty years of experience in the demolition industry, the Portsmouth-based firm has established nationwide recognition for its high health and safety standards, while offering a cost-competitive service. To help maintain and improve upon this reputation, Hughes and Salvidge decided to equip its vehicles with the GPS vehicle tracking system.
After watching an online demonstration of the GPS vehicle tracking system, the company was impressed by the product’s user-friendly and simple layout. Added to this, there is a wide range of functions and reports available, including the industry's only panoramic reporting. With over a quarter of a million vehicles being monitored, this feature offers benchmark statistics, which can be used to compare their results to other businesses operating within a similar market. “With Verizon Connect, it is easy to see the bigger picture and drill down into detail,” comments Steve Waite, Health & Safety Co-ordinator at Hughes and Salvidge. “It was possible to log in and pull-down the relevant data I needed, with minimal training.”
However, for Hughes and Salvidge, the key selling point of th GPS vehicle tracking system was the possibility of its positive impact on health and safety. “Driver safety is our top priority; it’s more important than costs as, quite simply, you can’t put a price on someone’s life!” comments Mr Waite. “The fact that the system speed analysis function has also enabled us to save money is an added bonus.”
Mr Waite is now able to set acceptable limits for vehicle speed and, whenever these thresholds are exceeded, alerts him in real time. In addition, the Driving Style reporting feature captures hard braking, quick starts and hard cornering with sensors calibrated to the vehicle class; this allows Mr Waite to measure, manage, and reduce aggressive driving styles, which are flagged in the system for later reporting.
Although the vehicle tracking system is used to better manage poor driver behaviour at Hughes and Salvidge, avoidance always wins over disciplinary actions. “We utilise the system to protect our drivers, rather than use it to discipline them,” explains Mr Waite. “We introduced the system to our drivers, not as a ‘Big Brother’-type fleet tracking tool, more of a system that can be used to help improve driver safety – this strategy is proving successful and we are already experiencing significant improvements in driver behaviour.” Hughes and Salvidge is also taking effective initiatives to reward deserving drivers, including internal fuel saving competitions and good idea bonus awards.
In addition to the health and safety aspects, an important reason for Hughes and Salvidge’s decision to adopt the GPS vehicle tracking system is the possibility to integrate fuel cards. Prior to turning to using fleet tracking, Mr Waite collected each driver’s receipts to keep track on how much fuel was being used by each vehicle.
“Checking receipts manually, sometimes resulted in discrepancies between what the driver claimed and the amount of fuel that was actually consumed,” explains Mr Waite.
"The system has helped us save a lot of time and, as the purchased fuel is uploaded onto the system automatically, has made the procedure significantly easier and with no more discrepancies. By setting a target of 2 MPG (miles per gallons), we estimate that, thanks to fleet tracking, the company envisages a saving of £12,000 a year on 50 vehicles.”