TomTom for Transdev

Transdev Melbourne has gone live with TomTom telematics to help transform the business

TomTom for Transdev
The Operations Control Centre team who will use TomTom to monitor the buses

Transdev Melbourne (TDM) has gone live with TomTom telematics after Looking for a way to encourage safer driving, improve fuel efficiency and monitor its buses.

TDM’s business improvement manager Mark Nancarrow says: "we know that plenty of bus and trucking companies use telematics systems but we wanted to make sure that we went with the one that best meets our needs."

Having made the call to go with TomTom, the process was initially quite straight forward—TomTom devices were installed in all of the 510 buses over a six month period.

"We hit a small hurdle however, when we started to look at how we could provide an appropriate interface for our drivers," says Nancarrow.

"It is really important to us that our drivers are in a position to self-monitor their performance so being able to easily access their driving reports is essential.

"In the past few months, TDA’s IT team has worked really hard to help us link the schedules of every driver to the TomTom system, it was very challenging and took a lot of work but we are very pleased with the end product and we’ve now started to make the reports available to drivers via new kiosks at our depots."

To support TomTom and give the drivers the best chance of getting good reports, TDM staged the roll out so that prior to launching all drivers were put through our new Eco-Drive training.

"We believe that Eco-Drive in itself will lead to improved driving behaviours, a better experience for customers and fuel savings that will benefit the environment as well as our bottom line, so coupled with TomTom we are hoping for big things," says managing director Harry Wijers.

"TomTom is linked directly to our fuel management system and gives real-time information on specific driving behaviours including speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration, hard turning and idling."

For the first two months, this information will only be available to drivers so they can see if there are any particular areas where they need to improve.

After that, frontline managers and supervisors will be given access so they can work with the drivers on strategies to improve their driving and can provide further training if necessary.

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