Caerphilly-based DS Smith Recycling, Europe's largest paper and cardboard recycler and provider of a full range of waste management and recycling services, has turned to MiX Telematics in order to further improve the efficiency of its fleet.
While DS Smith was already operating to a high standard due to its existing driver and vehicle monitoring programme, its relationship with MiX Telematics has resulted in significant additional benefits achieved. These have been gained partly through the introduction of MiX Telematics' RIBAS system (see Editor's note) and partly as a result of the dedicated MiX Telematics consultancy service being supplied to DS Smith.
Many fleets across Europe consist of company cars, which double up as private vehicles for employees after hours. Or, employees use their own cars for work purposes and claim back for business miles travelled. Which is all fine and well, except where tax regulations are concerned.
These regulations are quite complicated. In a nutshell, businesses need to prove to their local tax authorities that they are applying due diligence when recording mileage. More specifically, they need to show that they are accurately able to distinguish between business and personal miles driven. Normally, this would be an administrative nightmare!
We’ve established by now that driver behaviour is intrinsically linked to a fleet’s performance – from both an efficiency and safety point of view. It goes without saying, then, that improving driver behaviour is vitally important to the successful and profitable running of a fleet.
MiX Telematics has worked with hundreds of customers – and continues to do so –and it’s through experiences with them that we’ve seen how well driver coaching initiatives work to achieve results.
Using driver identification has become an important part of benchmarking and improving driver behaviour. Because only when a fleet manager is aware of who’s behind the wheel, they are able to formulate personalised training plans and start the process of driver behaviour transformation.
Transforming driver behaviour within an organisation provides a gateway to a whole host of benefits. Not only for the organisation itself, but for the driver too.
To start with, reducing incidents on the road and the reasons why they occur in the first place benefits all parties – from a cost-saving and personal safety point of view.
Improving fuel efficiency also benefits both the organisation and the driver. The company will save money on fuel and reduce wear and tear on vehicles due to safer and more fuel-efficient driving. Drivers will hopefully apply what they learn in their personal driving capacities, and reap the same rewards.
As a fleet operator, the motives are clear. Business is business, and turnover is king. Right? But what about driver safety? Human life matters – a lot. Pushed to choose between the two goals, it would be a tough call to make.
But what if there were a way to address both the efficiency and safety aspects of managing your fleet? A small, unobtrusive tool that could integrate into a fleet management solution; even better, one that could switch between personal and business mileage?
MiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), is excited to announce an extension to its industry leading in-cab video solution, MiX Vision. The addition of two more cameras, which can be mounted externally, allows customers to monitor and record activity happening around the vehicle for improved driver safety and visual evidence, should it be required.
MiX Telematics (JSE: MIX, NYSE: MIXT) a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (Saas), announced that as at December 2016 they had accumulated over 600,000 active subscribers across their combined fleet and consumer customer base.
MiX Telematics has set out its vision for the coming three to five years, based on its conviction that fully-supported open and expandable telematics platforms are set to become the industry-norm for transport operators. While demand has initially been driven by the heavy commercial vehicle sector, including both truck and bus/coach operators, MiX Telematics is now also witnessing more and more light commercial vehicle and car operators turning to telematics in order to drive up the efficiency, performance and safety of their fleets.
MiX Telematics, one of the world's leading suppliers of telematics solutions and related consultancy services, has made a number of key appointments and expanded its partner network in response to the growing and sustained demand for its products throughout Europe.
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