A bogus insurance claim against home service business Fords has been dropped thanks to vehicle tracking technology.

A heating engineer at the Sidmouth firm was accused of driving at an excessive speed and colliding with a driver on a country road near Exeter, smashing his wing mirror. The employee, however, disputed the allegation.

Having invested in Navman Wireless vehicle tracking three years ago, the company discovered which engineer was allegedly responsible and generated a report detailing his precise speed and location at the time of the purported incident.

Managing director Tim Ford said: “Our employee maintained he had pulled over, giving way to the other driver and that it was therefore not correct that he was travelling at speed. This was proven by consulting Navman Wireless records and the member of the public, when faced with the evidence, backed down.”