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Utilities contractor cuts accident rate 39% with telematics cameras

National utilities contractor T&K Gallagher has cut its vehicle accident rate by more than a third after deploying telematics cameras from Trakm8 across its fleet.

Gallagher has introduced the Trakm8 telematics cameras in more than 500 of its van/HGV fleet to date

The business, which specialises in the provision and maintenance of essential water, gas, electricity and telecommunications supplies, saw an increase in the number of road traffic incidents on its fleet during 2017.

The company is a long-standing customer of Track King, an independent provider of telematics and vehicle cameras, which identified the Trakm8 RH600 4G telematics camera as the best solution to monitor and analyse driver behaviour.

Since installing the telematics cameras in over 500 of its fleet of light commercial and heavy goods vehicles to date, Gallagher has witnessed a 39% drop in accidents involving its vehicles. The company has also seen instances of speeding decrease by 35%, and a substantial reduction in fuel costs due to drivers adopting a smoother driving style.

Sam Atherton, director at Gallagher, said: “Safety is a core value of our company, and improving driver safety is one of our Widely Important Goals. Therefore we are delighted with the significant reductions in accident rates and speeding that the Trakm8 RH600 is delivering.”

Track King, which carried out the installation of the RH600 devices and provides ongoing support to Gallagher, has also implemented speeding league tables and introduced a points-based system. Employees who receive points undergo training to help them reduce the frequency of speeding events.

Atherton added: “Track King knows our business really well, and has helped us to get the most out of this new technology. The ability to easily analyse driver behaviour against a range of metrics enables us to quickly intervene when there is an issue. This helps us to reduce the risk of an accident for our colleagues and for other road users. Alongside health and safety, improved driver behaviour has a positive impact on customer satisfaction. Our colleagues are ambassadors for our business, so better driving helps them to leave a good impression on our clients.

“Moving forward, we will broaden our focus beyond speeding, using the enhanced driving analytics provided by the telematics cameras,” added Atherton. “The rich data from the RH600 gives us the scope we need to continue improving road safety.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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