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Less than 3% of van drivers use telematics

Date: 09 December 2014   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

More than 40% of van drivers are unfamiliar with the concept of telematics and how they work, according to research by Direct Line for Business.

According to the insurance provider, less than 3% of van drivers are using telematics in their vehicles.

More than half (55%) of drivers say one of the reasons why they are not using telematics is because their insurer has not offered it to them.

Just under half (49%) state that telematics is a good example of the insurance industry using technology to benefit customers, while 42% say they're interested in telematics because their insurance premiums would be based on actual driving data.

"Whether plumbers, bakers or road trippers, we understand that running a van can be an expensive operation. Telematics provides a great opportunity for van drivers to save money on insurance and maintenance costs through promoting responsible driving," said Jazz Gakhal, head of Direct Line for Business.

Ged Raymond, Autoglass's fleet manager, said using telematics on its fleet of 1400 vehicles has equated to a 9% drop in fuel bills due to an improvement in driver behaviour.

Travis Perkins installed telematics across its 3300-strong fleet of LCVs and trucks and has used data delivered by telematics to "save millions of pounds year-on-year to the company's bottom line".