Sherwood 'employees of Q4 2010' quid's in

Financial incentives, believes Laurie Dealer, can have a positive affect on the workforce.

Take Iveco dealer Sherwood Truck & Van for example, it has just announced the results of its 'Employee of the Quarter' rewarding each with £100.

Here are the four winners:

Dawn Bradshaw, dealership administrator at Sheffield

Jez Moxon, workshop controller in Nottingham,

Kevin Merry, parts salesman in Stoke

Vicki Bird, finance administrator, marketing executive and PA to MD, Blackwell

Helen Waterfall, MD, says: "It's always a real pleasure to reward staff for their hard work and commitment. Their efforts will ensure we maintain our competitive edge and continue to offer the best possible service for customers across all our sites."

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Duty of care applies no matter what you drive

In the dynamic environment that transport companies operate, jobs change and work frequently needs to be rescheduled. While we should all be aware of the EU Drivers' Hours Regulations, and in reality only a small minority of outfits wantonly flout them, keeping track of who has how long left to run can be difficult to keep a handle on.

With Duty of Care considerations, it doesn't just apply to tacho-equipped vehicles; employees using any company vehicle must have the amount of time spent behind the wheel taken into consideration as part of their working day.

However, the pressures of the commercial operation make it critical to run laden wherever possible and make pick-ups whenever feasible, placing a greater onus on the traffic office being sure of a driver's remaining hours before dispatching them to another job.

Previously, it could take days or even weeks to access tachograph information as most companies obtained the data once the vehicle and driver returned from a job, leaving them only able to take action after the event. But the technology is now available to access digital tachograph information directly from the vehicle in real time. Now, thanks to that live display of tachograph data on the driving, resting and working time of drivers, traffic planners can assign new work based on up-to-date information, including remaining driving time and 'Periods of Availability' for company drivers.

With the business solutions from TomTom, the data provided can be integrated into a company's back end systems for a variety of uses. Using TomTom's Webfleet web-based service, the working time data can feed straight into the payroll system for more efficient payout of salary and significantly improve important administrative tasks linked to working time. As such, the driving/resting time logs can be offset against the legislative directives for a real-time compliancy check.

Of course, the transfer of information in real-time also presents businesses with significant opportunities for boosting fleet efficiencies to improve profitability and rapid return on investment. These are more quickly realised when used in conjunction with units such as TomTom's brand new PRO 7100 Truck unit with its routing capability that takes the size and speed of an HGV into account, helping to reduce wasted miles, fuel and driver hours. As well as avoiding height, weight and width restrictions and dead-ends, drivers also receive directions via spoken commands rather than having to look at a screen (or map), reducing in-cab distractions and improving safety.

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