McBurney’s new Freeway Software to manage 1400-strong fleet

The McBurney Transport Group says it has recently introduced a new asset management software to support the management of its fleet of 1,400 vehicles and trailers.

Using the system, developed and supplied by Freeway Fleet Systems, the McBurney Transport Group can now control every part of its fleet maintenance operations from a single interface.

The company initially began researching IT systems that could automate its repair and maintenance process, but through evaluating the options available, discovered that Freeway could offer significant added value with additional product features, countless integrations and a high level of customisation.

McBurney’s Fleet Manager, Sammy Hamill explained: “As part of the evaluation process we visited another existing Freeway user to see the system working in a live environment.  This gave us the confidence to proceed with the Freeway installation because we realised how tailored it could be to our specific requirements.  The visibility over asset costs and stock control, as well as simplified external and internal invoicing procedures, were additional benefits that we could see being extremely beneficial from the outset”.

The company has been supported through the implementation by Freeway’s Irish partner, Genie Insights Ltd.  After five months of planning and configuring the system, as well as providing staff training, McBurney Transport Group went live with Freeway in September.

The Freeway system is now managing over 1,400 live McBurney Transport Group’s assets, including trucks, trailers, vans and shunters, with extensive vehicle information available for analysis and reporting.  Details available include everything from purchase date and horsepower to tyre size and emissions levels and even the asset’s depreciation schedule.

In addition, McBurney Transport Group is now scheduling over 6,000 annual service checks using Freeway, including truck and trailer OLIs, MOTs, oil changes, tachograph calibrations and fridge motor inspections.  A componentry scheme has also been designed to facilitate the coding and import of over 4,000 parts in the company’s combined impress and owned inventory stock.

The system has also been introduced to 20 HGV mechanics and trailer fitters across the company’s two maintenance facilities in Ballymena and Liverpool, all of whom are all using the Freeway mobile application for defect recording and for completing inspections.