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Vehicle theft prompts skip hire firm to fit tracking system

Bourne Skip Hire, the Peterborough-based recycling and waste management specialists, report ‘all-round improvements’ ever since installing routeMASTER vehicle tracking, after a lorry was stolen almost 10 years ago.

“Originally, we fitted the first AGM trackers to the fleet right after one of our vehicles was stolen,” explains BSH Director Chris Seggie. “It was a logical response to the problem and at the time, we expected it just to come in handy in case of another theft. However, as time has gone by, we have benefited from the system in many other ways.”

The routeMASTER vehicle and driver tracking system enables BSH to track their entire fleet in real time while monitoring each individual job and delivery. ETAs are automatically updated which, says Chris, allows the traffic team to keep customers in the loop.

Furthermore, BHS is able to download individual driver’s time sheets and keep a check on any disparity between time punched and actual vehicle activity over the working week.

“We run a diverse and busy operation from two depots,” continues Chris, “each with a 15 mile radius, and we make around 7 to 8 drops and collections every day. The service covers most aspects of waste disposal, along with private and commercial skip hire, our ‘Junk Squad’ house and retail clearance service and even a dedicated ‘man with a van’ for fast ‘pick-up and go’ requirements. Also, with our own waste transfer station we maintain a high percentage of recycling.”

“All of this,” adds Chris, “comes under the watchful eye of the routeMASTER system, which means that we keep tabs on every job at all times during the day.”

The minute-by-minute journey details provided by the system include vital data regarding the actual way that the vehicle is being driven, including high acceleration, braking and cornering.

Cloud based and accessible from any location, using PC, iPhone, iPad or android devices, the information can then be retrieved and reviewed with individual drivers to help grade and improve performance.

“We started with routeMASTER many years ago” concludes Chris Seggie “and frankly have never looked back. What started as a simple method to solve a potential vehicle theft, ended up as an integral part of our everyday business. It has certainly paid for itself and without doubt, the technical back up service from AGM is faultless.”

Bourne Skip Hire and recycling also provide a garden and waste electronic equipment (WEE) clearance service.

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