For demolition firms across the UK and Ireland, improving health and safety and boosting business efficiency are two top priorities, according to research conducted by Fleetmatics. According to feedback from customers, GPS vehicle tracking is helping the demolition industry address such concerns, by offering the right tools to promote better driving behaviour whilst reducing downtime and fuel costs.


“Driver safety is our top priority; it’s more important than costs as, quite simply, you can’t put a price on someone’s life!” comments Steve Waite, Health & Safety Co-ordinator at Portsmouth-based demolition firm Hughes and Salvidge, “The fact that the Fleetmatics speed analysis function has also enabled us to save money is an added bonus.”

One way in which the Fleetmatics GPS tracking system can help demolition companies enhance their drivers’ health and safety is by enabling fleet managers to set acceptable limits for vehicle speed. Whenever these thresholds are exceeded, managers receive alerts on their laptop or smartphone in real time. Thanks to the Driving Style reporting feature other aggressive driving behaviours such as hard braking, quick starts and hard cornering are also flagged in the system for later reporting, with sensors calibrated to the vehicle class.

An effective tool to monitor driving behaviours, GPS tracking is also encouraging fleet managers across the demolition industry to inspire safety by rewarding deserving drivers, through initiatives such as internal fuel saving competitions and good idea bonus awards. “We utilise the Fleetmatics system to protect our drivers, rather than use it to discipline them,” explains Mr Waite at Hughes and Salvidge, “We introduced Fleetmatics to our drivers, not as a ‘Big Brother’-type fleet tracking tool, more of a system that can be used to help improve driver safety – this strategy is proving successful and we are already experiencing significant improvements in driver behaviour.”

In addition to all these health and safety benefits, GPS is also helping firms across the demolition industry achieve significant savings in overtime costs. For example, Glasgow-based E. Nicholson & Sons has been able to reduce vehicle mileage by providing drivers with more direct routes. In addition, idling time and personal vehicle use have also been minimised. The director, Steven Nicholson, comments, “Since fitting Fleetmatics to our fleet, we have seen annual savings of £19,000 in overtime costs.”

Another way in which GPS tracking is helping demolition firms run their fleet more efficiently is by enabling them to cut down on fuel cost. With the possibility to integrate fuel cards, the Fleetmatics GPS solution records how much fuel is being used by each vehicle in a company’s fleet. A testament to this is Mr Waite of Hughes and Salvidge who comments: “Fleetmatics has helped us save a lot of time and, as the purchased fuel is uploaded onto the system automatically; it has made the procedure significantly easier thus helping reduce any discrepancies. As a company, we are looking to increase miles per gallon (MPG) across all our fleet by 2 MPG and as a result we estimate that the company can expect a saving of £12,000 a year!”