Bolsover District Council has introduced tracking systems to seventy of its vehicles, helping them to monitor their whereabouts and improve their efficiency.
The vehicle tracking system, provided by Trackyou Ltd, transmits real time data back to office work planners so they can identify each vehicle’s location at any given time, provide both vehicle and driver performance information and optimise routes to help to improve efficiency.
Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for corporate resources coun Duncan McGregor said: “This is a fantastic system and one that will prove very beneficial to us. Not only will it help improve the efficiency of our vehicles and work, but also provide us with two way communication so we can deal with any problems or queries immediately.”
The system also has a number of other benefits including:
Allowing refuse collectors to report issues or problems with bins so if the council gets any customer queries they can provide the information instantly to them.
Monitors if sweepers are actually sweeping or ride on mowers are actually mowing.
Panic alarms have been fitted to all single crew vehicles to improve the health and safety of lone workers.
Protects the Council’s assets from theft.
Data from the system can be used to reduce fuel usage and improve driver behaviour.
Added Coun McGregor: “With the cuts we have received to our government grants, we need to look at every area possible where we can save money without it affecting service quality and protecting jobs and this tracking system is helping us do just that. The data we receive is brilliant and is already proving very useful to us as we have a clear picture of where our vehicles are at all times so we can make sure they are being used in the most efficient way.”