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Fleets warned over idling vehicles

Date: 25 April 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Fleets need to watch out for drivers leaving their engines running while stationary, according to telematics firm Airmax Remote.

It says it has analysed data from 15,000 vehicles - cars and also LCVs - running its systems during 2018, and found thousands of examples of drivers idling when stationary for at least five minutes. 

It attributes some of this to drivers using vehicle air conditioning and heating systems, meaning there were more than 10,000 incidents on the hottest day of the year, and more than 15,000 on the coldest.

As well as increased fuel bills, Airmax Remote also warns that idling is a potentially fineable offence and harms air quality.

It says that telematics allows managers to keep an eye on the issue, and educate those who are prone to idling.

Managing director Richard Perham said: "The data obtained by Airmax Remote's technology delivers incredible insight and visibility for fleet managers and businesses, giving them the ability to better understand their fleet and deliver cost savings. 

"Our findings help support the idea that idling and wider issues of driver behaviour can be addressed by fleet managers if they have the right tools. 

"Fuel costs are a large portion of a fleet's spend, and we know fleet providers and fleet managers are constantly looking at ways to reduce or manage this spend and this includes monitoring incidents of idling and the wider ramifications, such as emissions and the possibility of fines.

"Having the availability of accurate data is key to making informed choices."