Motrans Haulage sees several benefits since installing Hubio cameras across its fleet only 6-weeks ago

Motrans ltd, a leading freight haulage forwarding company based in North East Lincolnshire, fitted it’s Hubio 3g cameras only 6-weeks ago and is already seeing multiple benefits.

Motrans specialises in direct services to London/Wales and Mainland Europe and recently replaced its old camera provider with Hubio’s fully integrated 3G GPS cameras. It currently runs a fleet of 12 MAN tractor units all fitted with camera units.

BUSINESS TRANSPARENCY

“I use Hubio Fleet every day to track my drivers and to ensure they are where they should be and where they say they are,” explained Motrans Managing Director Dean Morris.

“The telematics is extremely helpful when delays occur. I can explain to customers why drivers are late, and I can go into detail about where the traffic or incident is.

“It gives my company transparency and I can show them the report and the reason for lateness. It definitely helps me keep my customers happy.”

DRIVING BEHAVIOUR

Dean feels the Hubio camera does two things for him as a manager. Firstly, it highlights to him any harsh braking or cornering by drivers, and he can view the supporting footage.

“If I am sent any alerts for harsh braking or cornering, I can speak to my drivers to give them advise on how to drive more safely.”

Secondly, Dean explains that when drivers are out on the road and they come across a situation where they feel the road is too narrow, or unsafe, by having Hubio Fleet they are in a position where they can click a button on the camera to send the footage back to him. “This allows me to view the road and any obstruction and I can advise them on what they should do.

“My drivers quite like having telematics installed, they feel that it gives them peace of mind, and if they are in an accident that isn’t their fault they have supporting proof on board they can use.”

THE CLOUD

One of the biggest benefits which Motrans has seen so far from Hubio Fleet, is being able to view video footage at any time. “My older video provider depended solely on SD cards fitted to their on-board cameras which meant I could not view any footage until the driver got back to me. Now I can view it when they are on the road,” said Morris.

“In the past when an accident has happened I have had to ring the driver and get them to take the SD card out to prevent it being recorded over. This means the rest of the journey was left un recorded. This is not an issue anymore with Hubio’s new technology.”

EMPLOYEE TIMESHEETS

Motrans relies on Hubio it comes to assessing its employee’s timesheets. “My drivers fill out manual time sheets, detailing start and finish times, kms driven and overnight stays. I can compare these timesheets to the report from the Hubio portal to see if they match.”

Dean said “I will definitely be keeping my Hubio cameras for a long time. Since having the 3G integrated cameras in place accidents have minimised and driving behaviour has improved.

 

October clock change signals change of approach by drivers

With the seasonal clock change almost upon us, all drivers need to prepare for the transition from autumn to winter.

For UK motorists, the clock change on 29th October hails the arrival of darker mornings and shorter days, which instantly makes driving for personal and work reasons more dangerous than in summer months.

According to insurance company Insure the Box, the risk of having an accident in the four weeks following the clock change increases by 10%. For some drivers still acclimatising to sudden lack of light between 5pm and 8pm, the risk can soar to as high at 30%.

There are many ways in which drivers can stay safe during the seasonal transition. Hubio Fleet recommends all drivers should have a basic checklist to help ensure they make their cars as safe and as easy to see as possible. Checking front and rear lights as regularly as every time they get in to their vehicle, enables drivers to spot any blown-out bulbs or dirty headlights.

There are many drivers who feel they don’t know when is best to turn on their lights- or in some situations forget to turn on their headlights.  Gov.co.uk suggests that drivers use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced and at “night” which is defined as the period between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise.

Although the law recommends using headlights at night, HeadlightsOn247 advises drivers to get into the habit of switching on their headlights during the day. The say that it’s a practice that can save many lives, as even on sunny bright days, unlit vehicles can be difficult to spot. With more and more cars having driving lights as standard drivers should ensure they use these to good effect. Drivers can also utilise their Automatic setting on their cars which means the lights switch themselves on when they think its too dark outside.

NRMA has found that four out of five daytime intersection collisions are caused, in part, by one road user failing to see another road user in time. They also say that another benefit of using your headlights in the daytime include improved driver reaction times, and better estimation of speed and distance.

Many motorists don’t realise how important it is to ensure their headlights are not only working, but squeaky clean. Over time, headlights become dirty, cloudy, tarnished, oxidized and discoloured from normal wear and tear often without drivers noticing.

Drivers can clean their headlights very easily, click here for some tips on how to do it yourself at home.

Hubio launches integrated 3G camera and telematics tracking unit for car, van and truck fleets

  • 3G camera is one of the world’s most accurate
  • Video footage helps support fleets speed up FNOL claims
  • New platform offers fleets a mobile App, faster access to reports and driver coaching

Hubio Fleet has launched its new integrated 3G vehicle camera and tracking unit to coincide with a complete upgrade of its Fleet Manager platform.

The unit which is suitable for installation in a car, van or truck combines all the benefit of a telematics unit with GPS vehicle tracking and driver behaviour monitoring, with a high quality camera all in one unit. It ensures an incident is captured on film to help protect the fleet industry against the growing problem of staged accidents which is increasing insurance premiums.

It records high quality images, even in low light conditions, which are automatically uploaded via the Cloud to the Fleet Manager platform over a private 3G network. This reduces the need to retrieve footage from an SD card, which speeds up the time it takes to view an incident and start the First Notification of Loss FNOL process.

Small enough to be mounted on the windscreen under the rear view mirror or on top of a vehicle dash it also provides drivers with a panic button which can be used in the event of a personal concern or emergency.

“Our 3G unit has been developed to provide a powerful range of tracking services with video imagery to the fleet manager while being quick and easy to install,” explained Russell Olive, Hubio Fleet’s general manager.

“With the majority of larger fleets being self insured the camera plays a vital role in providing filmed assets to support the First Notification of Loss. The assets help support and speed up taking control of the vehicle recovery and repair which is vital in helping keep incident management costs down. Video footage can also support fleets if a claim reaches court,” he added.

Hubio’s upgraded Fleet Manager platform includes increased functionality including driver coaching tools to help address persistent offenders, a customisable tool bar to quickly enable users to access fleet reports, and a mobile App which enables fleet managers to keep an eye on vehicles while they are away from the office via their smart phone.

Reaction to the launch of Hubio Fleet’s upgraded platform and 3G camera

Returning from 3 days at the CV Show, we were thrilled by everyone’s feedback.

We were delighted to launch our upgraded platform and integrated 3G camera at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. The show was a great opportunity to show off our latest products. Amongst the hundreds of exhibitors, Hubio Fleet stood front and centre demonstrating the rich new offering to Fleet Managers and Fleet operators over the 3 days.

With a 3G camera now part of the platform, Fleet Managers loved that they can now watch video footage within minutes of a driving incident occurring. This allows immediate claim intervention with first notification of loss (FNOL), helping to minimise claims and protect drivers.

The Hubio Fleet team in attendance was able to demonstrate the platform to a large number of visitors to the stand and we received excellent feedback, reaffirming that the upgraded platform was an ideal solution to businesses from a variety of industries.

Russell Olive, our General Manager says, “We have worked hard to significantly add features that we think will dramatically benefit fleet managers and it was brilliant bringing this to the CV Show.”

Russell and the rest of the Hubio Fleet team were able to demonstrate all the benefits of a 3G camera with integrated tracking to the 20,000 visitors at the show.  The team were also able to exhibit how Fleet Managers can now also fit a CAN Bus Black Box version of Hubio Fleet, providing accurate engine data such as over revving and PTO.

Visitors were excited by how easy it was to use the new mobile app. The app not only allows Fleet Managers to gain an overview of their fleet wherever they are, but the drivers can check their own driver score allowing them to proactively make changes to their driving behaviour.

Russell added, “It was great receiving such positive feedback on everything we brought to the CV Show. We are already looking forward to next year.”

Take a look at video recap of the show above.

If you didn’t make the show but want to find out more about Hubio Fleet, why not book a demonstration? Call us on 0330 100 3353 or fill in our contact form.