Operators reap benefits of smart tachos, new CM research reveals
Transport businesses are seeing real operational benefits from the new generation of smart tachographs, according to a new report by Commercial Motor and sister title Motor Transport.
The 'Tachos and Telematics' research report 2021 found that 39% of operators reckon they are getting better real-time data from using smart tachos, while 34% said administration time and costs had been reduced, and 19% highlighted fewer roadside checks.
The use of smart tachos has been increasing rapidly since they became mandatory for new vehicles in 2019. Some 73% of fleets now have some vehicles fitted with them compared to 38% when we last compiled this research just over a year ago.
And there is evidence that operators are making more use of the data that tachos provide, downloading data more frequently than in our previous survey.
The research also highlights the growing use of telematics in road transport.
Some 79% of operators are now using telematics in their operations – that’s up from 69% in our study a year ago.
"The 'Tachographs and Telematics' report provides key insights into the use of the latest technologies in road transport in a year dominated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic," said CM events and project editor Hayley Pink.
“It is clear that transport operators are increasingly recognising the benefits that developments in tachograph and telematics technology can bring to their operations.”
P Harper & Sons adds I-Save Volvo FH to fleet
P Harper & Sons has added a Volvo FH with I-Save to its 18-strong fleet after being impressed by the fuel consumption of a similar vehicle bought last year.
The second Volvo FH with I-Save in the Huntingdon-based fleet is a 6x2 Lite model with 460hp engine and pusher axle, reducing weight by up to 490kg compared to a regular 6x2 and allowing P Harper & Son’s bulk tipper operation to be more productive.
“We run a variety of trucks in the fleet, but we hadn’t had a Volvo for quite a while before putting the FH into service,” said Adam Harper, P Harper & Sons transport manager.
“We always look for the best overall product in terms of fuel, reliability and value for money. People had told us about Volvo’s new turbo compound engine, and we thought we’d give it a go. The driver absolutely loved it from the start and the fuel performance it has given us has been excellent, so we decided to go back for another one.”
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East the unit will cover around 140,000km per year and has been taken on a five-year Volvo Gold Contract with servicing and maintenance to be carried out at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East’s depot in Peterborough.
“The fuel was definitely the main selling point for us,” said Harper.
“We were very impressed with the first one and this new truck has settled in very well too. We pride ourselves on running a prestigious, good looking fleet and the latest addition certainly fits the bill,” he added.