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THE use of telematics within fleets is now widespread, especially within larger businesses, and will continue to grow in the coming years, research from Arval has shown.

The survey of 300 fleet decision makers in companies of all sizes shows that 40% of businesses with 1,000 or more employees are using telematics systems. In companies ranging from 10 to 999 employees, take-up is also increasing to over a quarter.

The reasons why companies use telematics systems are numerous, but according to the research the key factors for larger companies are to reduce costs (especially fuel), track vehicles, monitor driver behaviour and improve driver safety.

Robert Pieczka, marketing and insurance director at Arval, said;

“As fleet management becomes more sophisticated, the data that telematics systems provide can be essential in the day-to day operation of a fleet and cost reduction. Over time, I expect to see the levels of take-up grow further for both vans and cars as functionality becomes better and more cost effective.”

Arval's telematic research findings

Arval’s telematic research findings

Last month Arval announced the launch of its own telematics offering, Arval Active Link. It has been developed by a dedicated team and is the first integrated service from a leasing company – linking with other products and services to give the fleet manager a comprehensive and joined-up view of their fleet activity. On new vehicles, installation is free while Arval is positioning the basic offer at £2.25 per month, below the average market cost of a telematics product.

Pieczka added;

“Arval Active Link enables customers to reduce costs (such as fuel, excess mileage and insurance), improve efficiency and productivity (through route mapping, downtime management and labour costs), address CSR issues (such as driver safety, duty of care and lowering CO2 emissions) and ensure HMRC compliance.

“It also provides clear benefits to drivers through alerts, service booking and faster breakdown recovery with key information available via a new mobile app.”

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