Brazil's Triunfo improves fleet management through MiX telematics
International fleet management solutions group MiX Telematics, in collaboration with Brazilian fleet management company Rotagyn, is providing services for local infrastructure firm Triunfo Participacões (TPI) to measure the movements of drivers and vehicles under the firms Concebra highway concessionaire in Brazil.
Through the use of MiX Telematic's data collection and analysis tool known as MiX Fleet Manager Premium, TPI is using on-board computers to monitor metrics like speeding, excessive fuel consumption, and sudden braking and acceleration to see where improvements can be made. Its service also includes regular odometer readings and analysis.
For the highway concessionaire, its main goal is to increase efficiency and reduce fleet management costs through the use of a monitoring system that offers complete control of vehicle and driver related activities.
"With the system, we are able to see our employees' driving habits in more detail. We know if an employee has exceeded the speed limit, if they have used harsh braking or acceleration, or even if they have used the vehicle speed limit device," says Concebra operational coordinator Marco Polo Clemente.
Besides reducing fuel consumption and pollutants, Concebra seeks to increase defensive driving, identify route deviations, reduce fines, and improve overall operational performance. Its fleet consists of nearly 300 vehicles traveling along a 1,177km stretch of highway concession area located in the states of Goiás, Minas Gerais, and Distrito Federal.
Included in its fleet are traffic inspection vehicles, tow trucks, ambulances, water tanks, cattle trucks and corporate vehicles. Among the brands are Volkswagen, Scania, Mercedes, Iveco, Hyundai, GM, Ford, Honda, and Fiat, according to a TPI case study.
After using the system for three months, the concessionaire's utility vehicle fleet saved approximately 7,500 liters of fuel and after two years, it saved 44,000 liters. While fuel consumption for operational vehicles was cut by 8% during the 24-month period, light vehicle consumption was cut by 5.58%.
Besides cutting costs, this results in a win-win situation for the environment as it reduces carbon emissions.
Moreover, drivers are now more aware of the effect their actions have on the road and with others and their vehicles. This has led to a major reduction in the amount of road accidents and, in turn, maintenance costs.
While the number of road accidents by the concessionaire has dropped by 80%, maintenance costs have been cut by 16%, the study said.