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All about not being Idle!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This email came from one of our longstanding customers who decided to spend a little more time checking on Performance….


Afternoon David

Just to let you know that I have been making good use of your engine idling report.

Today I have called in almost every driver as the level of idling last week was at a totally unacceptable level. We have given them a memo highlighting not just the monetary value to the company but possible engine damage caused by this and also the significant pollution problem this can cause.

Some vehicles sat idling for over ¾  hour at a time almost every morning /evening whilst being loaded or offloaded at our depot + additional idling at customer premises, others even more than that

If every vehicle had just an average of ½  hour of unnecessary idling every day  it would be using ½  gallon of fuel which with 22 vehicles would be £55 per day at today’s fuel prices, £275 per week !!. A scary amount of wasted money over a year.

I will be monitoring this over the next few weeks and see if there is any significant decrease but just thought I’d let you know that I have indeed had my eyes opened with this report and think it is a valuable addition to the V-sol programme.



Ideal time to save money with a vehicle tracking system

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Increasing Fuel Costs in the UK make it the ideal time to save money with a vehicle tracking system.

With the recent fuel duty and oil price increases and with even more to come now is great time for your company to add a tracking system if you run a fleet of vehicles.

A vehicle tracking system can help you to save the fuel used by your company vehicles dramatically so investing in this now is a great idea.
Not only will your company save money now but the impact of the changes in fuel duty to come will be reduced.

Three ways for fuel saving with the help of V-SOL vehicle tracking systems are :

a. Monitor vehicle usage and reduce the amount of time company vehicles are used for personal reasons
b. Plan improved driver routes, providing the most cost effective method of reaching your customers without making countless round trips
c. Track driver behaviour and make sure drivers are trained to not drive in a cost wasting way – such as excessive speed or leaving the vehicle idling

Ways A Vehicle Tracking System Saves Money

Saving money is actually better than making money, and a V-SOL Vehicle Tracking System saves our customers thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds per year. Our Vehicle Tracking Systems feature many ways that make tracking vehicles and streamlining operations simple.

Use less fuel and stop speeding drivers

It is a fact that reducing speed by 10MPH increases fuel efficiency by 20%. Many customers report £150 savings per 10 vehicles in one month by keeping their drivers at a maximum of 65MPH. The owner of one company reported saving £4000 over two months just in fuel costs. Do the numbers for your business and add up your possible savings. The pounds add up fast—here’s a simple example with a very conservative estimate: 50 vehicles reduce speed and save £10 each per week in fuel costs. That’s £26,000 in a year. Slowing down a speeding driver can also limit tickets, accidents and litigation against your company.

Limit unnecessary trips and unauthorised use

Customers tell us their employees off-route driving completely ends once they know a vehicle tracking system is installed in their vehicle. No more extended lunches, driving off-route to go home to eat, run errands, etc. How valuable is that?

One customer reported that one driver was travelling home 60 miles per day when they should have been working. That’s a potential savings of £15-£20 in fuel per day. And that’s just for one driver. Imagine what you can save if everyone stays productive.

Ensure proper work hours, lunch breaks and overtime records

This is self explanatory, and another area where you can save thousands of pounds per year. Employees won’t likely record bogus work, lunch or overtime hours if they know their work vehicle is being tracked. If you can gain just 30 minutes of productivity each day could save as much as £1500 per employee each year. How many drivers do you have?

The more your workers actually work and record correct information, the more your business is operating cost-efficiently. The immediate impact V-SOL vehicle tracking system units provide in this category is mentioned quite often by our satisfied customers.


Monitor company fuel purchases

Let’s face the facts–fuel will only ever get more expensive, and some employees try to cut corners and cut money out of your bottom line. Can you afford even one employee stealing £20 in fuel every week (£1040/year) from your fuel account? That’s £1040 you could keep in the business! This is another area where questionable purchases can be tracked and verified with our easy-to-use Vehicle tracking software.

Theft prevention

Track all your vehicles and know whenever your vehicle is started or moved outside of your rules. This feature gives you peace of mind 24/7/365.

To summarize, the above, many companies find a return of their investment of over 5 times the cost of implementing a V-SOL vehicle tracking system.

Tracking the World Cups lost hours

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
There is no doubt that a great deal of additional business will be done during the world cup leading to extra profits for some companies, look at Sainsbury’s vuvuzela horn sales for an example.

On the other hand it is guaranteed that the productivity of mobile workers will drop considerably.  The best way to deal with this is to mange the costs.  It may even allow some businesses to see this as a way of saving money.

If you have a tracking system in your vehicles like Roalco Limited (over 100 units installed) creating custom reports around the times of each game should allow you to track the lost productivity and reduce the costs of the wages by stopping pay for those at PUBS which show football or homes of workers.

With 2 games per day the savings could be as high as 20 hours a week per person during the early stages.  After all if you cant stop them you may as well save the cost of paying wages.  In fact I would guess most employees will not even complain to much as long as they are not disciplined further than wages. If business is slow at the moment it could even work to your advantage in that in place of stopping wages you could offset the lost hours by accepting  the lost time as overtime  at standard hourly rates when you need!

New Government new MPs get ready for the squeeze!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

In the current economic climate every business is trying to cut costs and make savings where possible, if you have not yet started to use Telematics now may be the time to do so.

Vehicle tracking will allow you to make significant improvements to operations, by generating cost savings and boosting employee performance – the key to getting these improvements comes generally not from installing the systems but from analysing and understanding the captured data. V-SOL provides consultancy as part of our service and with many years experience can help you identify where improvements can be made. V-SOL are probably the only company still able to offer this coalition of service.

V-SOL GPS vehicle tracking technology is constantly evolving. By keeping our products up to date with these advancements and maintaining the highest levels of service, we help ensure that clients recognise the true value of what a quality vehicle tracking system can deliver.

If you would like to know more about how we are different have a look at our case studies or give us call to discuss how V-SOL will work with you to help you get the best value from your investment.

Vehicle Tracking for improving mobile sales performance

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

If you have mobile sales people and their OTE earnings are under £35K then vehicle tracking will almost certainly make a real difference to your bottom line.

V-SOL do not just supply tracking systems,  we work with our customers to help them improve the overall profitability of their businesses. We know how to use  vehicle tracking systems as part of the sales management process.

If you would like to discuss how to get the best from your sales team with the help of V-SOL, please contact us.

V-SOL expertise as management consultants in combination with our advanced GPS tracking systems can help you to look at the business in ways that are often overlooked by internal management.

How to use Vehicle Tracking to help increase drivers wages and profits

Friday, March 5th, 2010

If you pay your drivers by the hour you may like to consider an idea that helped one of our customers increase profits and drivers wages at a stroke.

The V-SOL system produces a vehicle report that can show you both total working time and driving time. By paying drivers more for actual driving time you can get more work done and in turn this leads to higher income for the business. A typical increase is 10% increased driving hours per week with a reduction in non driving time of the same amount. Furthermore the report can be used as the basis for wages calculation.

If you would like to discuss any ideas of how to get the best from your V-SOL vehicle tracking system, or would like to share your own tip, or have a question that needs answering please contact us. The V-SOL reporting suite is very powerful and there are many ways of using the information to look at the business that are often overlooked.

Find savings on fuel use

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Should you you have more than one of a particular vehicle in your fleet, you can use each vehicle as reference against each other.  For example if you have three SWB Transits, put them in a group called SWB Fuel Check.  Then run a mileage/cost check against your receipts’ for any period. If you use fuel cards then the monthly statement is really a good way of spotting big savings.

If you would like to discuss any ideas of how to get the best from your V-SOL vehicle tracking system, or would like to share your own tip, or have a question that needs answering do contact us. The V-SOL reporting suite is very powerful and there are many ways of using the information to look at the business that are often overlooked.