Building a Safe, Smart, and Sustainable Fleet though Telematics

During the 2022 Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition, the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) talked about the crucial role of technology in ensuring the safety and sustainability of their fleet.

In particular, the NSW DPE implemented the use of vehicle telematics in its fleet operations.

By using telematics, they have been able to discover key insights that allowed them to improve the safety and sustainability of their fleet.

For example, in terms of safety, telematics data revealed at-risk behaviours including speeding and fatigued driving. They have also found that certain vehicles were used inappropriately outside of their existing policy guidelines.

This, in turn, has resulted in several key transformations that allowed the NSW DPE to have a safer fleet. This includes:

  • Reductions in vehicle speeding
  • Improvements in fatigue-related incidents
  • Including driver safety in senior management meetings
  • Mandating vehicle telematics for NSW government vehicles
  • Significant reductions in at-fault insurance claims

Meanwhile on the side of sustainability, the telematics data allowed the Department to have access to comprehensive information around the vehicle utilisation including annual km’s travelled. As a result, they were able to:

  • Identify suitable locations to place electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
  • Right-size their fleet
  • Reduce km’s travelled by fleet vehicles
  • Increase fuel efficiency
  • Reduce emissions

AfMA would like to thank John Barlow, John Barlow, Senior Manager for Fleet Operations at the NSW DPE for sharing their unique journey towards a safer and more sustainable fleet through telematics.

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