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Vehicle tracking helps IT firm enhance driver safety

Scottish IT company Capito has reported numerous benefits including increased driver safety and decreased fuel usage as a result of implementing vehicle tracking from Trakm8.

Scottish IT company Capito has reported numerous benefits after implementing Trakm8
Scottish IT company Capito has reported numerous benefits after implementing Trakm8

The Livingston-based firm has fitted Trakm8 Prime devices to two of its vans, which transport high-value IT equipment to customers throughout Scotland, and says it’s seen improvements in key metrics such as keeping within appropriate speed limits and in terms of improved fuel consumption figures.

However, David Anderson, warehouse and logistics manager for Capito, said the tracking has also enhanced the firm’s service to its customers.

He commented: “A major advantage is being able to give our customers accurate estimated times of arrival. In a single day, a driver might be making deliveries in Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, then collections at multiple sites in Glasgow. Our ability to provide our customers with up-to-date ETAs helps them to better plan their days.”

And the solutions ability to monitor driver behaviour KPIs such as excessive acceleration, harsh braking, sharp cornering and engine idling, is also bringing about benefits.

“We can keep an eye on how our employees are operating the vehicles, through these metrics,” said Anderson. “We have usedTrakm8 Prime as a training tool to improve driving. Initially there was some resistance from the drivers, but they have come to realise the benefits of Trakm8 Prime for their safety as well as our corporate liability.

“At team meetings the guys are always keen to hear how close they got to the 100% target during the previous week – there is friendly competition to achieve a higher mark than their colleagues.”

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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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