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Why are public sector fleet teams using vehicle telematics?

I often get asked about the benefits of using vehicle telematics and a 2016 iGov survey found that 57% of public sector fleets have already introduced or plan to introduce telematics, so I thought I’d share some guidance with you on what exactly telematics is and how it could help your organisation.

Getting started with vehicle telematics

Vehicle telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movement, status and behaviour of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles. Vehicle monitoring is typically achieved by fitting vehicles with GPS (Global Positioning System). Other features can also be added that record and track driver behaviour and vehicle activity, such as fuel consumption.

Telematics can help you reduce risk and environmental impact, and improve your cost control and productivity. We have found that for every £1 spent on telematics, you could achieve a £3 cost saving. It also supports the whole life cost management of vehicles by providing live, operational data.

We know that for many organisations you will need to write a business case to demonstrate the benefits versus cost to secure the necessary investment. If you don’t yet have a business case read our guide to developing a business case and the benefits of investment for useful advice, including key considerations to help you get started.

Whether you are already using telematics or want to introduce this for the first time, our Vehicle Telematics (RM3754) framework can help to ensure you are getting best value.

If you have any questions about vehicle telematics or any of our other fleet services, our team are happy to help. Please get in touch.

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