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Government encourages public sector telematics use

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The Government is encouraging public sector organisations to use telematics devices in their fleets, saying the benefit-cost ratio is three-to-one.

Its Crown Commercial Service wants to improve fleet safety and efficiency and has written an agreement to assist organisations in efficient fleet management through telematics technology.

It says the agreement was developed in conjunction with police, ambulance, local government and central government customers and features a range of suppliers, all of which are small and medium sized businesses.  It lists the benefits to organisations as:

 

  • vehicle tracking supports the management of risk, driver safety (including two-way communication), work planning and vehicle usage
  • potential reduction of insurance premiums
  • better understanding of driver behaviour will help improve safety by identifying driver training needs
  • reduction in emissions through effective driver behaviour management, fuel consumption efficiency and future vehicle selection
  • aids whole life cost analysis and management by tracking servicing, maintenance and repair costs on vehicles
  • for vehicles which are in private user schemes, telematics can help distinguish between operational and private use to help with expenses and HMRC tax returns
  • supports duty of care and regulatory compliance, for example, tracking drivers who drive for long periods of time

Details of funding opportunities are here.

 
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