Fleet Service GB (FSGB) has introduced a “game changer” for the fleet management sector that focuses on driver safety and fleet cost reduction.
The Achieve programme is the result of the firm’s two decades of focus on road safety combined with a priority on reducing fleet operating costs, and covers an array of areas. These include driver management, crash management, maintenance management, management services and fleet service partnerships.
It’s offered in app form, bringing an accessible way for companies and drivers to communicate in real time via notifications, prompts, reminders and alerts.
The driver app offers the ability to arrange bookings for servicing, maintenance and repairs, including tyres; the facility to report an accident and breakdown, using GPS enabled location services which links directly to the Fleet Service GB Support Team; update mileages in real time; upload images, capturing accident and/or vehicle condition; vehicle management options; and a bespoke check sheet for vehicle condition reporting.
Geoffrey Bray, chairman of FSGB, said: “The whole idea of managing the driver is not new. Having spent a lifetime involved in the fleet sector and witnessed the introduction of the corporate manslaughter act in 2007, there have been a number of attempts to address the issues faced. However, until now, nothing has quite got to the real heart of the matter.
“When the Fleet Service GB journey began, we sat down with a blank sheet of paper to create a fully integrated range of driver and vehicle management services designed to provide fleets with a management tool unlike anything available in the market.
“This dream is now a reality – our Achieve programmes delivers, and in many cases exceeds, expectations presenting us with significant opportunities.”
The app has already been piloted by a number of fleet operators. These include LiveWest – one of the largest providers of affordable homes in the south west of England – which has deployed the Achieve programme and app across its 350-strong van fleet, accompanied by the addition of onboard cameras to some vehicles.
Through 24/7 continuous monitoring, LiveWest now has a detailed behavioural overview of every driver and can implement targeted solutions as required. The result of this has seen the number of driver ‘events’ reported through each vehicle’s telematics significantly reduce. Incident rates also halved during a 12-month period, with at fault accidents reduced by 40%. Driver related damage costs also fell by 50% during the same period.
At the same time, the effective management of service, maintenance and repair and the achievement of fleet maintenance cost savings also increased.
Geoffrey Bray added: “LiveWest has proven that encouraging drivers to respect their vehicles goes hand-in-hand with respecting the environments in which they work.”