Following an initial trial of digital tachograph units, which began in February 2006, European supply chain company Wincanton has become the first company in the UK to incorporate digital tachographs into a commercial logistics fleet.
The trial of the new tachograph system, which is used to record the speed and duration of trips in a motor vehicle, was carried out on a new fleet of MAN D20s used as part of Wincanton’s operations for the distribution of petroleum products under the Jet brand.
Based out of the Plymouth fuels terminal, the fleet was chosen to trial the new technology as a result of the distance between the site and the contract’s Lincolnshire operational hub in Immingham, where the drivers are managed. The geographical implications meant that the trial was challenging and rigorous in its assessment of the technology, Wincanton said.
The FTA is working with Wincanton to analyze the success of the new tachographs. The system sees drivers download the information from their new smartcards into a card reader at the Plymouth site. The FTA can then remotely upload the information at its analysis bureau at Tunbridge Wells and the feedback is emailed on to the contract’s management hub at Immingham.
David Heath, general manager for Wincanton, said: The new technology will provide more detailed feedback on the way in which Jet’s fuel products are transported. Its potentially hazardous nature means that it is important that is transported in the safest possible environment. The new technology will also help us to provide even greater levels of efficiency for our customers.