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Royal Mail to reduce carbon emissions by fitting its fleet with telemetry technology

Royal Mail is equipping telemetry technology to a further 11,000 vans in order to encourage fuel-efficient driving.

Trimble Technology was selected to encourage fuel-efficient and safer driving styles by supplying equipment to monitor driver acceleration, speed, turning and braking patterns, and providing feedback, in order to further reduce the Royal Mail’s carbon emissions.

This new initiative, to be completed later this year, will result in the majority of the Royal Mail fleet being fitted with this technology.

As an ongoing measure, some form of this telemetry will be included as standard in all collection and delivery vans purchased by the organisation, as part of the Royal Mail’s commitment to reduce emissions and achieve its environmental strategy.

This technology was initially introduced into the Royal Mail’s fleet in 2015 across 13,000 large vehicles.

Harsh braking and acceleration lead to higher emissions as well as a greater degree of wear. According to Royal Mail, since 2019 the telematics technology has saved 177,000 litres of fuel and 459 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

James Baker, Chief Engineer and Fleet Director of Royal Mail, commented: ‘The wide-scale expansion of telemetry in our fleet enables us to ensure our drivers are given positive feedback and training on how to drive in the safest and most environmentally-conscious way possible, while allowing us to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and responsibly.’

Rob Painter, President and CEO of Trimble, added: ‘Sustainability is one of the defining issues of our generation. By expanding the use of Trimble’s integrated fleet, driver and mapping solutions across its fleet, Royal Mail will have the real-time telemetry tools needed to reach its long-term operational sustainability goals.’

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