CCS launches £25m telematics framework

The Crown Commercial Service has launched a new vehicle telematics framework which it says could save public bodies £3 for every £1 invested.

CCS has named 11 suppliers appointed to the agreement, which is aimed at help improve fleet safety and efficiency

The new agreement has been developed with local and central government and blue light services.

A statement from CCS said: “Telematics enable fleet managers to monitor things like fuel consumption, vehicle tracking and driver behaviour.

“This data can then be used to look at ways to make significant cost reductions based on the whole life cost of vehicles.”

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CCS said that benefits include the potential reduction of insurance premiums, better understanding of driver behaviour and reductions in emissions through better driver management.

In addition, the technology can help distinguish between operational and private uses to help with expenses and tax returns, it said.

CCS said that the vast majority of vehicles to be utilised under the framework will be cars and light commercial vehicles.

However suppliers will be required  to provide data recording devices and associated equipment which are suitable for fitting into other types of vehicle including agricultural, construction equipment, plant and boats.

Public bodies will be able to call off services from suppliers on the framework for the four year life of the contract.

The total value of the framework could reach between £10.8m and £24.3m, according to the original tender documents.

Colin Marrs

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