Birmingham-based Highway Traffic Management (HTM) is reporting a staggering 48.6 per cent drop in engine idling across its fleet of light commercial vehicles and trucks, following the installation of Michelin Connected Fleet’s on-board telematics system.
The company fitted the technology to 142 bespoke traffic management vehicles in July 2020, initially aiming to monitor basic vehicle tracking, engine idling and driver behaviours such as harsh braking and harsh accelerating.
HTM’s transport manager Martyn Long admits he is “gobsmacked” after data analysed by Michelin Connected Fleet’s team – comparing figures from the second half of 2020 and the corresponding six months in 2021 – showed the company had reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 19.6 tonnes.
The reduction equates to £7,421 in fuel savings for the traffic management solutions firm, which operates its services across the Midlands.
“I have been blown away by the results. We didn’t realise how powerful Michelin Connected Fleet’s tools were or the dramatic impact its smart data and personalised performance analysis could have on reducing engine idling,” he said.
“We realise that vehicle idling is damaging to the environment, so we’re delighted that we have made huge improvements across the business, cutting fuel costs, protecting the health and wellbeing of our drivers and communities, and reducing our environmental impact.”