Truck and Track
Caerphilly-based DS Smith Recycling, Europe’s largest paper
and board recycler and provider of waste management and
recycling services, has turned to MiX Telematics to further
improve the efficiency of its fleet.
While DS Smith was already operating to a high standard
because of its existing driver and vehicle monitoring programme,
its relationship with MiX Telematics has resulted in significant
additional benefits. These have been gained partly through the
introduction of MiX Telematics’ RIBAS system and partly as a result
of the dedicatedMiX Telematics consultancy service being supplied
to DS Smith.
The collaborationbetween the two organisations has so far resulted
in a 39% reduction in harsh acceleration events, a 57% reduction
in harsh braking events and a further overall fuel performance
improvement of 1.6%, building on the fuel returns already enjoyed
by DS Smith from in-house monitoring.
A total of 109 HGVs equipped with MiX Telematics’ Fleet Manager
solution are now operating out of DS Smith’s nine depots. A driver
scoring system based on RIBAS parameters has been developed
by MiX Telematics. Each week, drivers begin with a score of 100%,
which reduces if RIBAS parameters are exceeded.
The amount by which the score reduces is weighted according to
the severity of the event, and the system has been calibrated so
that a benchmark score of 95% or above represents “green band”
driving. Depot league tables have been introduced to encourage
healthy in-house competition between drivers, and to date five
depots have moved into the green zone.
Paul Wilson, Fleet and Service Provider Manager for DS Smith
Recycling, reports: “Since the project began, we have achieved a
significant increase in the amount of our depots reaching our 95%
target score. The uplift in performance since then has contributed
to our 1.6% fuel saving, while the reductions in harsh acceleration
and harsh braking events we have witnessed are undoubtedly
contributing to better road safety and reduced road risk.”
RIBAS is a dashboard-mounted display unit featuring an array of
green, amber and red status lights, reflecting current driving style
against set parameters. A green status light indicates that a vehicle
is being driven correctly.
But, should an amber warning be given and ignored and that
parameter exceeded, the infringement is recorded by MiX Fleet
Manager and the red light illuminates. The parameters under RIBAS
are: R for over Revving, I for excessive Idling, B for harsh Braking, A
for harsh Acceleration and S for over Speeding.www.mixtelematics.co.uk www.dssmith.com/recycling
MiX Telematics’ RIBAS benefits no.1 paper & board recycler
Coventry-based transport software specialists TruTac have
entered the tracking and telematics market with their latest
innovation – TruLocation. TruLocation combines realtime GPS
vehicle tracking, remote tacho downloading, accurate maps,
geo-location, points of interest, harsh braking and excess
speed, all in one easy-to-use system.
The fully web-based system can be accessed from anywhere and
provides a 360° viewof vehicles, drivers, routes and compliance, 24
hours a day. TruLocation removes the need for drivers and vehicles
to return to base to embark on lengthy manual tacho downloads or
to log into multiple systems to track routes, analyse driving hours
or plan routes.
This innovative addition to the TruTac product suite provides
operators with true visibility – and tachograph analysis integration
as standard. Fleet efficiencies and productivity are optimised at
every level with one simple system.
Fully compliant with EU Drivers’ Hours and the Working Time
Directive, TruLocation highlights when drivers may require breaks
with regard to daily and weekly driving limits, giving planners
accurate data to plan routes for maximum utilisation.
TruLocation uses fully secure, encrypted data transfer withminute-
by-minute updates on vehicle position via easy-to-interpret
graphical displays and maps.
Key features such as geo-fencing and points of interest will trigger
automatic alerts when a unit passes into or out of a defined area,
for example when nearing congestion charging zones, or for timed
delivery slots, or when approaching docks so that a load reference
can be communicated via the system’s built-in driver messaging
This considerably reduces overtime, fines, penalties and other costs
that may be incurred.
TruLocation’s fully web-based reporting suite also improves fleet
performance monitoring. Users can instantly identify both the
driver and vehicle on any given shift via the tachograph and driver
The telemetry feature tracks and records speeding and aggressive
driving behaviour such as harsh braking, enabling operators to
decrease fuel consumption and highlight training needs.
With no hidden costs and competitive pricing, TruTac’s TruLocation
system can provide a cost-effective solution to achieving instant
tachograph analysis, accurate tracking and route planning, with
full compliance functionality as standard.
So to find out more, visitwww.trutac.co.uk/software
New TruTac product combines
tracking, remote downloading
& tacho analysis