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RAC fleets top vehicle efficiency charts

Research reveals that RAC industry performs best as engine idling calculated to cost business £40 million in wasted fuel per year

Fleetmatics Group PLC has released vehicle behavior information from its monitoring of more than 48,000 vehicles over a period of nearly three years and 3.2 billion data points, and the RAC industry came out as the best performer when it came to the least minutes of vehicle idling.

The data reveals that businesses in the UK and Ireland are wasting as much as £40 million per year in fuel while their vehicles idle. However,

The information revealed that the average idling time, across all sectors of fleet transport, is a shocking 47.67 minutes per day. If it is remembered that one hour of idling time equates to 25 miles of driving in terms of fuel use then for each vehicle this equates to 198 hours of idling time per year or the equivalent of driving 4950 miles.

At a conservative fuel cost of 16p per mile the cost of wasted fuel per vehicle per year is £824. Across the 48, 826 vehicles monitored that amounts to £40,233,448 of profits wasted annually.

Commenting Richard Brooks, Fleetmatics’ Marketing Director for Europe said: “While some idling of commercial vehicles is unavoidable I think the research does highlight a massive problem for UK businesses. Our customers are all SME’s and even small percentage points of profit on the bottom line matter. While the refrigeration and air conditioning sector has come out top in our research there are still large savings to be made.”

The information highlighted some interesting differences across certain industries. While the ‘best’ idling time performance came in the RAC sector where vehicles only idled for 14.9 minutes per day in the electrical contracting sector vehicles idled for 25.6 minutes per day and delivery drivers’ vehicles idle for 34.83 minutes per day.

“Also”, noted Richard Brooks “I’m sure that many people will want to look at their stats and compare our findings with what they are seeing in their business. Our reporting enables them to benchmark themselves and it’s a good example of the kind of business intelligence information modern businesses need.”

For information on the fuel savings available through fleet management visit: www.fleetmatics.co.uk

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