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Two-thirds of RAC vehicle fleets not using GPS tracking

Almost two-thirds of companies operating in the UK’s refrigeration and air conditioning sector have yet to equip their vehicles with GPS tracking (telematics, a new survey suggests.

But of the one-in-three firms that have installed the technology more than 94% are happy with their system and say it’s achieving their goals.

The poll, by comparison website TrackCompare.co.uk, in association with Refrigeration and Air Conditioning magazine, found:

  • The chance to improve efficiency and productivity is the main reason most firms (84%) invest in telematics.
  • Fuel savings of up to 4 per cent are being achieved by almost 99% of companies.
  • More than a third of RAC companies using tracking run fleets of between one and five vehicles.
  • 38 per cent of companies not using tracking have never considered it.

Kjell Anderton, a director of TrackCompare.co.uk, said: “Very surprisingly, almost a third of the companies using tracking have installed it within the last two years, which is a sharp and rapid increase for the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.

“I was also interested to see that more than a third of fleets are considering the latest vehicle tracking/integrated camera systems, which is surely a reflection of the increasing awareness and importance of safety and security.”

The survey of 406 refrigeration and air conditioning companies showed almost two-thirds of RAC fleets have yet to invest in tracking. Of those more than 32% said the technology failed to provide worthwhile results and 6% believed the systems were too expensive.

Almost a quarter said they were planning to buy tracking but had yet to do so.

Kjell Anderton added: “Many of the refrigeration and air conditioning fleets we surveyed, whether using vehicle tracking or not, were fairly large and much larger than the UK average for all fleets. In fact, almost 17% had somewhere between 11 and 25 vehicles.

“Another finding of particular interest to drivers is that employers seem to have become quite open about tracking and see it as something that benefits everyone. According to the survey, no less than 99.337% of drivers are now aware they are being tracked. So tracking has moved a long way from its old spy-in-the-cab image.”

TrackCompare.co.uk

 Full results

1. What is the size of your vehicle fleet?

a) 1-5 – 285 (70.197%), b) 6-10 – 53 (13.054%), c) 11-25 – 68 (16.749%).

 

2. What types of vehicle do you operate, and how many of each type?

a) Cars – 68 (16.748%), b) Trucks – 8 (1.972%), c) Vans – 330 (81.280%),

NB Figures for companies running mixed fleets not provided.

 

3. Are your drivers remote workers?

Yes – 23 (5.665%), No – 383(94.335%).

 

4. Does your fleet have vehicle tracking?

Yes – 151 (37.192%), No – 255 (62.808%).

 

Questions to and answers from companies which don’t have tracking

5. Have you used tracking previously?

Yes – 23 (9.019%), No – 232 (90.981%).

 

6. Currently, you don’t have tracking but if you’ve used it previously how did you find it?

a) It was an additional expense – 6 (26.086%), b) It wasn’t applicable - 2 (8.695%), c) Not really useful – 11 (47.826%), d) It was useful to the business – 4 (17.393%).

 

7. Why don’t you currently use tracking?

a) Too expensive – 15 (5.882%), b) Never considered it – 98 (38.431%), c) Not convinced it provides worthwhile benefits – 82 (32.158%), d) Planning to invest in a system but have yet to do so – 60 (23.529%).

 

Questions to and answers from companies which have tracking

8. How long have you used telematics?

a) 1-2 years – 75 (49.668%), b) 3-5 years – 45 (29.803%), c) 5-10 years – 31 (20.529%).

 

9. How many of your vehicles are equipped with telematics?

a) 11-25 – 30 (19.867%), b) 1-5 – 83 (54.966%), c) 6-10 – 38 (25.167%).

 

10. Which telematics system do you use?

AMS – 15 (9.933%), Fleetmatics – 11 (7.286%), Mix – 3 (1.988%), Navman – 30 (19.869%), Pinpointers – 2 (1.326%), RAM – 7 (4.635%), Road Angel – 6 (3.973%), TomTom – 16 (10.596%), Tracker – 10 (6.62%), Trafficmaster – 6 (3.973%). Not sure – 45 (29.801%).

 

11. Why did you invest in telematics? (For this question respondents were invited to select as many reasons as they wished).

a) To improve efficiency and productivity – 128 (84.768%), b) To improve driving standards - 30 (19.867%), c) To improve security – 23 (15.231%), d) To improve route planning – 7 (4.635%).

 

12. Has tracking been successful in achieving these goals?

Yes – 142 (94.039%), No – 9 (5.961%).

 

13. If tracking is reducing your fuel costs, by how much annually?

a) Up to 4% - 149 (98.675%), b) Between 5% and 15% - 2 (1.325%).

 

14. Are you happy with your current vehicle tracking system?

Yes – 141 (93.38%), No – 10 (6.62%).

 

15. If you are unhappy with your vehicle tracking system what are the reasons? (For this question respondents were invited to select as many reasons as they wished).

a)The system is unreliable – 6 (60%), b) The price is too high - 2 (20%), c) The customer service is not very good – 2 (20%).

 

16. If you are unhappy with your vehicle tracking system would you consider installing a different system when your contract runs out?

Yes – 8 (80%), No – 2 (20%).

 

17. Would you consider upgrading to a tracking system with integrated vehicle cameras? (This could be with the same company or a different provider).

Yes – 53 (35.1%), No – 98 (64.9%).

 

18. Do your drivers know they are being tracked?

Yes – 150 (99.337%), No – 1 (0.663%).

 

A total of 406 refrigeration and air conditioning sector companies took part in the UK-wide poll, conducted by TrackCompare.co.uk between May 20 and June 8, 2015.

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