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Trafficmaster and AM
Norris sign fleet management deal
Software company Trafficmaster has signed
a deal with plumbing and heating contractor AM Norris to supply AM
Norris’ light commercial vehicles with its fleet management
solution Fleet Director.
Trafficmaster, part of a group which comprises
US-based Teletrac, said that Fleet Director, including the Smartnav
intelligent satellite navigation system, is being fitted to 60
Citroën Berlingo vans in AM Norris’ existing fleet.
A further 90 new Citroën vans, with Smartnav
already fitted, will be added to the fleet during 2010 and
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Trafficmaster said that data from its customers
using Fleet Director has shown fuel consumption cut by 30 percent
and productivity increased by 12 percent, along with reductions in
Amey selects Jaama for
4,500-strong vehicle fleet
UK public services provider Amey , part
of infrastructure and services group Ferrovial, has selected
Jaama’s Key2 internet-based software system to manage its entire
fleet of vehicles, plant and its network of workshops.
The fleet software provider will supply
Oxford-headquartered Amey’s 4,500 vehicles, 30,000 items of plant
equipment and workshop with the Key2 system.
The company previously had separate computer
systems to manage its vehicle fleet and its plant with workshop
feeds into both – and because none of the software was web-enabled,
the systems were administratively complex and unable to allow for
multiple user access across different sites.
Amey’s MD of the logistic business division Steve
Helliwell said: “We chose the Jaama system after a rigorous
six-month procurement and evaluation process. The process actively
engaged our operational fleet team to ensure all our requirements
According to Jaama, the system will also be able to
interface with Amey’s other business systems, allowing future
integration and reduced administration across a number of
The implementation programme will last eight
months, with a ‘go live’ date of 1 April, 2010.
e-commerce 20% up in 2009 – epyx
Software house epyx saw a 20 percent
year-on-year increase in the number of fleet maintenance e-commerce
transactions it handled in 2009.
The company said it tracked the increase through
its 1link Service Network fleet maintenance e-commerce platform,
which is being used by fleets totalling more than 2 million company
cars and vans buying services from 13,000 franchised dealers,
independent garages and fast-fits.
Ken Trinder, head of business development at epyx,
said that the reasons behind the increase were largely linked to
the way that fleets had responded to the recession.
He said: “Many fleets have been keeping cars and
vans for longer and this has had a direct impact on each vehicle’s
“If a company is hanging onto a vehicle into the
fourth or even fifth year of its life then inevitably there are
implications in terms of wear parts and even major component
failure compared to a newer car or van.”
Trinder said he expected volumes of maintenance
transactions through 1link Service Network to remain high in
CFC Solutions warns
managers to take control of fleet fuel
Fleet software company CFC Solutions has
warned fleet managers to take steps to take control of fleet fuel
more effectively by using fuel cards linked to software, as fuel
prices are set to rise during 2010.
With the Petrol Retailers’ Association forecasting
that motorists can expect to be paying 123p for a litre of unleaded
by the end of 2010, up from a current price of 108p, the company
said it was time for action from fleet managers.
CFC Solutions’ MD Neville Briggs explained: “We
have been advising fleet managers for years that fuel is an area
where costs can be reduced.”
He said that the key difficulty surrounding
perception of fuel costs was that senior managers believed that
there was nothing that could be done to control them, and that
price increases simply had to be accepted and suffered.
“The fuel price increases being forecast are
considerable and, combined with the pressure for cost-cutting
created by the recession, they may finally win director level
backing,” Briggs said.
According to CFC Solutions, a proper managerial
control of fuel expenditure can save 5 percent to 10 percent of
fuel costs, which could be easily achieved by issuing fuel cards
and linking them to fleet software, providing a system of control
Briggs added: “Fuel cards bring control at the pump
– you can stipulate where fuel is bought and choose cheaper
suppliers, stop fraud such as filling up non-fleet cars, and gain
the data on expenditure provided by the fuel card company.
“We see instances where poor drivers use 20 percent
more fuel that their peers in identical cars over similar journeys.
Fleet software gives you the ability to identify these drivers – or
their vehicles if there is a fault on the car or van – and take