A specialist asbestos company has reduced vehicle downtime after switching from hard-wired vehicle trackers to plug-and-play devices.
Pattinson Scientific Services Limited is an independent asbestos analytical laboratory and asbestos inspection body providing a service to industry, local authorities and individuals. Celebrating 160 years in business in Newcastle this year, its specialist staff work primarily in North-East England, but it also provides works on national contracts.
The company had initially used Citroen Berlingo vans, which came with vehicle tracking devices already hardwired into the vehicles.
Karl Reid, Technical Director at Pattinson Scientific Services, said: “As staff numbers increased and the business grew, the fleet mix changed as some technicians wanted cars rather than small vans; while others preferred different makes and models.”
“The main benefit of the Trakm8 device is that we can fit it ourselves. We no longer need to pay someone to install the tracking units or remove them at the end of the lease – and this has significantly reduced vehicle down-time.”
“Every time the lease expires on one of our vans and we replace it with a new vehicle, we will order another Trakm8 Prime device.”
Designed for smaller fleets, Trakm8 Prime is the only vehicle tracking solution currently available where the customer can browse and buy online, without having to deal with a sales person. The tracking device plugs into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) port, so there are no installation or removal fees - and vehicle downtime is kept to a minimum.
Pattinson’s has now installed Trakm8 Prime in four vehicles and is rolling it out as it refreshes its fleet.
“In our line of work it is important that we can accurately locate our technicians, in real time,” added Karl. “With vehicle tracking, if there is an emergency situation, we can very quickly identify the nearest technician and divert them to respond.”
“Trakm8 Prime is also very useful for us in determining the number of hours a technician has been on-site. As we invoice by the hour for some of our contracts, it provides us with a very accurate record.”
“Furthermore, as safety is clearly a core value of our business, we also like the fact that Trakm8 Prime records and reports on incidences of speeding and other driver behaviour, allowing us to educate and train our drivers.”
Priced from just £6.99 per vehicle, per month, Trakm8 Prime is a cost-effective fleet management tool for small and medium-sized businesses.
More than just vehicle tracking, it is proven to reduce fuel consumption, by coaching drivers out of bad habits such as engine idling, aggressive acceleration and harsh braking. Its unique vehicle health alerts provide an early warning system to drivers, helping sole traders and small businesses to avoid costly breakdowns and non-starts caused by issues such as flat batteries. Trakm8 Prime’s P11D management tool also cuts down on HMRC paperwork and accountancy fees, thanks to easy separation of business and private mileage.