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Haulage operators unable to reap fuel management benefits, says Shell

29 April 2014 #CV Sector #CV Show #Logistics #News

A lack of resources is preventing haulage firms from making full use of on-board fuel management telematics systems, according to a new survey.

Fuel Matters 2014, a report commissioned by Shell, found that almost nine in 10 haulage operators are currently able to use less than 60% of the insights generated by the systems, with almost half of those surveyed able to use a mere 30%. The principal reason, they say, is a shortage of resources in personnel and funding for driver training and information.

The study examined the fuel management techniques of more than 200 haulage companies, and revealed that 67% of managers see fuel-efficient driving behaviour as the most effective way to reduce fuel consumption. Of these, the majority identify the use of telematics as the best way to achieve this.

Phil Williams, Head of Shell Commercial Fleet UK, said, “In a world of tighter margins, stricter environmental legislation and a growing need to prove green credentials during customer tenders, fuel efficient driving can make a real difference to the profitability of a haulage business. This is why many operators feel frustrated that they don’t have the resources to capitalise upon the opportunities available.”

For further information, download the Fuel Matters 2014 report.

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