Royal Mail on van fuel consumption reduction drive

Royal Mail is to use vehicle telemetry systems to help its drivers improve their driving efficiency and thereby reduce overall fuel consumption across its fleet.

The telemetry for the 11,000 small vehicles across the UK will be retrofitted and supplied by Trimble. All future small vans in its fleet will have the same equipment.

The Trimble telemetry systems monitor the driver’s acceleration, speed, turning and braking patterns to give real-time feedback to the drivers to help them reduce fuel consumption. Such improvements should save Royal Mail a considerable sum in fuel expenses every year, which the mail operator is dressing up as cutting carbon emissions. It has been not been in a rush to introduce electric vehicles to its fleet as industry rivals have been.

Drivers will be given reports on their driving and will where necessary be given coaching as to how to further improve their efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

James Baker, Chief Engineer and Fleet Director at Royal Mail said: “As a Company, we are committed to making changes to our operations that reduce our environmental impact. The wide-scale expansion of telemetry in our fleet enables us to ensure our drivers are given positive feedback and training on how to drive in the safest and most environmentally-conscious way possible, while allowing us to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly.”

Rob Painter, Trimble President and CEO said: “Sustainability is one of the defining issues of our generation. By expanding the use of Trimble’s integrated fleet, driver and mapping solutions across its fleet, Royal Mail will have the real-time telemetry tools needed to reach its long-term operational sustainability goals. Trimble is excited to be part of Royal Mail’s journey to help reduce its environmental impact while delivering first-rate service.”