Brexit & Beyond – What’s in Store for the UK Trucking Industry?

It’s been over a year since the British public voted to exit the European Union. The Brexit negotiations have started and every business up and down the country is discussing the effects and risks. The road transportation sector is no exception.
 
The Department of Transport reports that from June 2015 to June 2016 UK HGVs lifted a total of 7.8 million tonnes of goods. Of them 3.8 million tonnes were exports and 3.9 million tonnes were imports to or from the UK. Not only are the international freight numbers impressive, the UK road haulage industry employs around 290,000 peopleThe British road transport sector is a vital part of the economy not only in terms of GDP and employment, but also in providing goods to consumers. So how could Brexit affect the road haulage sector?

The Good

Where there’s change, there’s opportunity. Although trade with the EU27 will likely undergo a period of volatility, the current government is fostering ties with markets outside of the EU. New bilateral trade agreements could increase trade with the US, Australia, India and New Zealand.
 
Additionally, there is a potential that regulations agreed in the past would be re-visited once the UK has exited the EU. This new autonomy could mean that the industry bodies could have more influence in UK legislation than in the past.

The Bad

If the UK will leave the free market, new tariffs and customs taxes could affect international trade with Europe: “In land transport, 99% of international road freight for the UK is to and from the other EU27 nations. As a result, any new tariffs and concurrent trade slowdown could present significant risks to both sea and land transport operations.” (Source)
 
Leaving the EU would mean there would be new laws affecting the UK from the outside. What would that mean in practice? For example: Longer procedures on borders causing delays, UK supply chain companies having a disadvantage compared to their EU rivals when it comes to European trade, etc.
 
The transportation sector does not exist in a vacuum and macroeconomic developments affect it. The Brexit decision has weakened the pound, increased inflation and dampened consumer confidence. The cost of imports has increased, consumers have shut their wallets and companies invest less due to the economic uncertainty. These developments could have a negative knock-on effect on the transport industry. UK trucking companies will be less likely to invest in long-term projects in times of unpredictability. Less trade with EU member states means less jobs for UK supply chain providers, and so on.

The Ugly

The main point of contention when it comes to Brexit and the UK trucking industry, is the potential driver shortage due to stricter immigration policies: “The hardest hit of all the transportation sectors would be trucking, where an acute shortage of UK drivers is being worsened by the prospects of an ageing workforce. Trucking relies heavily on drivers from the EU; truck owners are simply not able to recruit enough British drivers to keep pace with demand. Of the 290,000 drivers of heavy goods vehicles in the UK, approximately 60,000 are from the EU. Any reduction of the sector’s recruitment options will compromise its ability to serve the economy. Any reduction in supply will raise trucking costs for manufacturers.” (Source)
 
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Resources:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/582896/road-freight-stats-july-2015-to-june-2016.pdf
http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7633/CBP-7633.pdf
https://www.willis.com/Documents/Publications/Services/International/2017/Brexit%20impact%20on%20transportation%20industry%20report.pdf
http://www.axa.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Content/Newsroom/Media_Resources/Reports_and_Publications/PDF_files/The%20Future%20of%20Driverless%20Haulage(1).pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/489894/tsgb-2015.pdf

Goodbye Roaming Charges, Hello Europe!

Good news for all Europeans: From mid June onwards, roaming charges for certain mobile plans in the European Union have been dropped. That means there’s a good chance you can now travel across Europe and use your data without worrying about extra charges. Say goodbye to surprise bills from your mobile provider at the end of the month when completing a delivery through several countries.

And the best part for CoPilot Professional and CoPilot Truck users?

  1. You will now be able to use ActiveTraffic when driving abroad without paying a hefty bill at the end of the month if you have a good mobile plan.
  2. You can still take advantage of CoPilot’s offline capability if you’re driving in areas with low data coverage. Say goodbye to interrupted service when crossing borders.
  3. If you have a monthly cap on your data usage, you can still use CoPilot’s offline maps to minimise data usage. Especially if you’re a fleet manager, this will keep costs down across the board.

So check in with your mobile provider and see how your data plan abroad has changed regarding your international shifts!

PS: If you are in the US or other places around the world, roaming charges will likely still apply. So make sure to turn off your data roaming if you want to avoid hefty bills.

Compliance Counts – How CoPilot Truck Keeps Fleets Ahead of the Curve

Adhering to ever changing regulations can prove to be a headache for any driver manager or driver. Staying complaint on the road isn’t a goal anymore, it’s a necessity. By incorporating truck-specific navigation into your fleet, ensure that the regulations needed to stay compliant on the road are factored into your route from the beginning.

Help keep your drivers compliant on the road ahead:

  • Detour function quickly identifies an alternate safe truck-legal route
  • Posted speed limit display, plus audio and visual alerts, notify a driver when they’ve been speeding
  • Safely maneuver between lane changes with real road signage and lane assist guidance
  • Save multiple pre-defined and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to regulations

 

For information on how to keep your drivers compliant visit copilottruck.com.

 

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Protecting the Driver & Others on the Road – How CoPilot Truck Puts Safety First

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Safety is one of the top concerns for any fleet – knowing that how safe a driver is on the road impacts far beyond the road itself. Minimizing driver distraction and interaction with technology in the cab is a huge piece of the puzzle.  By using a navigation software that is specifically designed for guiding trucks, drivers can stay safe each trip and every mile.  

With CoPilot Truck, keep your drivers safe above all else:

  • Reliable, and accurate industry standard PC*MILER routing
  • Familiar, driver-friendly designed UI featuring visual and audio guidance
  • Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination
  • Clear, non-distracting 3D and 2D map views and a Driver Safety View for at-a-glance instructions
  • Motion Lock control to prevent a driver from making changes while the cab is in motion
  • Advance notice of upcoming lane changes with lane assist guidance

For information on how you can ensure safety for your fleet visit copilottruck.com

 

 

‘Back to School’ Made Simple for Bus Drivers Using CoPilot® Integrated Navigation

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The school year is back in full swing, and with the return of pencils and books, some students may experience a bit of the blues. Parents can also feel the stress, but far beyond simply making sure their child’s coats are buttoned up on a blustery day at the bus stop. And if you manage a fleet of school buses, not only must you consider a parent’s worry for their child’s safety, but you are also presented with your own tasks for promoting safe and efficient transportation. Reliable route planning and navigation technology plays a critical role in addressing these concerns and helping school bus drivers to safely, and promptly, bring that busload of students to their destination each day.

Whether you’re handing a prescribed route to a seasoned driver, a substitute less familiar with the area, or perhaps someone brand new to the profession, a key to successfully managing your fleet is to provide navigation that keeps a driver on schedule while maintaining a safe speed and following other restrictions or when facing less than optimal conditions on the road. Understanding that a GPS solution that considers side-of-street routing, as well as accurate ETAs, is just one essential piece of the solution, ALK Technologies and Synovia Solutions have teamed up to help K-12 fleets increase driver and passenger safety, shorten the driver on-boarding process, and help to save time and money overall.

This new partnership was announced at the NAPT Annual Summit in Kansas City, MO where a representative from each company was available to answer questions about CoPilot integrated navigation on Synovia’s Mobile Data Terminal. Read more here or contact busdev@alk.com for a demo.

ALK Technologies Partners with Delta Valley Ag to Provide Routing, Navigation and Map Visualization for Agribusiness Applications

Integration provides a complete mobile solution that improves logistics and operations for farmers, shippers and drivers

Princeton, N.J. – November 7, 2016 – ALK Technologies, a Trimble Company and global leader in GeoLogistics® solutions and navigation software, today announced that Delta Valley Ag LLC has incorporated ALK’s routing, mileage, mapping and navigation solutions into its AgLoads™ mobile application. Delta Valley Ag provides agriculture industry professionals with innovative solutions to simplify the workday of agribusinesses and farmers with easy-to-use technology.

“Logistics execution is the foundation for business growth and success in the agriculture industry. AgLoads wants to disrupt the current inefficiency and disorganization of today’s processes with a simple, easy-to-use app that provides customers with more time to focus on the bottom line,” said Chris Spurlock, Co-founder and CEO, Delta Valley Ag.

To achieve the goal of streamlining efficiency for farmers, shippers and drivers across the complete agriculture supply chain, the AgLoads mobile dispatch application features:

  • ALK® Maps with PC*MILER® Web Services for route planning with commercial vehicle routing and restrictions and high-quality map visualization for real-time fleet tracking and load assignment
  • CoPilot® Truck™ in-cab navigation, for safe, commercial vehicle specific voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions

By combining ALK Maps with Delta Valley’s AgLoads, farmers can visualize loads and grade information (including test weight and moisture levels) as well as receive precise estimated times of arrival of trucks, while shippers can view their fleet location information, all in real-time. To assist large and small truck fleet drivers, as well as owner/operators, CoPilot Truck offers reliable, paperless on board navigation with map data stored directly on the device, allowing for constant access to routing and mapping in any out of coverage area.

“Smart planning and efficient operations in farming is vital to business productivity and success,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies. “Our routing, mapping, and navigation features and functionality can be applied across various industries, and we are excited to integrate with Delta Valley Ag who is offering an innovative mobile dispatch application built specifically for agriculture.”

Built on the same source of commercial map data, ALK Maps and CoPilot Truck generate the same optimized routes for both the dispatcher and the driver, ensuring consistency between the planned and driven routes. The AgLoads application can be set with pre-defined and custom commercial vehicle routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance during planning and execution.

For more information on ALK Maps, PC*MILER, and CoPilot Truck, visit www.alk.com.

About Delta Valley Ag LLC

Delta Valley Ag, LLC is an agriculture-focused technology company dedicated to simplifying the workdays of shippers and farmers in agribusiness. By creating simple, easy-to-use applications, DVA plans to help shippers and farmers streamline daily processes so they can focus on business growth. As long time agriculture professionals, DVA sees a need to propel agribusiness to current times by utilizing well-built technology solutions for every person involved in the supply chain. This includes real-time communication between parties, accurate record logging and load information in the palm of your hand. For more information about Delta Valley Ag’s newest application or to be a part of the free Beta test, visit www.agloads.com.

About ALK Technologies

ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, and everyday drivers on the road. For over 30 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

Top 5 Reasons Truck Navigation is Essential for Fleets

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Everyday we are faced with decisions.  One of the toughest decisions is how to weed through so much technology constantly thrown in our laps.  With an app for almost every daily thought and task, it can be overwhelming.  In a time where so much is out there, it’s easy to think that some technology in our everyday life isn’t necessary.  But when your daily life exists on the road as a truck driver, your decisions are impacted by safety, compliance and cost savings.  If you think truck specific navigation isn’t for you – guess again.  Here’s a breakdown on why ALK’s CoPilot Truck is essential for success.

 

  1. Truck Legal Routing

 

By providing your drivers with truck-specific navigation, you can rest assured they will only be navigated to truck legal roadways.  By adhering to routes tailored to your load and trailer specifications, your drivers will avoid fines, low bridges, and potential out of route mileage.  

 

  1. Safety First

Truck specific navigation is designed with the driver’s safety in mind. CoPilot Truck offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names from origin to destination.  Reduce driver distraction in the cab with clear 3D and 2D map views plus Driver Safety Views for at-a-glance instructions.  Know your driver is focused solely on the road ahead, by using Motion Lock to prevent interaction by the driver when the vehicle is in motion.

 

  1. Stay Compliant

Ensuring your drivers are driving a compliant route saves you both time and precious money.  Set parameters and custom truck routing profiles based on vehicle size and class to ensure safety and compliance to government regulations.  Connect your back office to the cab with RouteSync – which allows you to send a HOS compliant route directly to CoPilot Truck.  

 

  1. Efficiency, Efficiency, Efficiency

 

By providing your drivers reliable, on-board navigation, you’ll lower miles and maintain optimal fuel usage by maximizing the time spent on the road.  CoPilot Truck also equips drivers with fast, automatic re-calculation, when needed, directly on the device.  Easily understand a true cost and the most optimal route by viewing alternate routes.  With the flexibility to build single or multiple destination routes and ability to optimize up to 50 stops, you know you are supplying your driver with the optimal route.  The focus can then be on what’s most important –  making the planned route the actual.

 

  1. Cost Savings

 

You’ve seen the videos.  A 53 foot trailer hitting a low bridge.  You think, “Why was that driver even routed there in the first place?” The likely answer – they were following a generic, non-truck specific navigation system, designed for use by drivers of smaller, lighter passenger vehicles.  The result?  Costly damages to the truck and any goods being hauled, potential harm to the driver and countless other drivers on the road, and fines for driving on a truck-restricted road.  The other impact to the bottom line is the fact that the driver is then either delayed or never makes it to the next stop.  Suddenly, you have a major cost issue and an unhappy customer.  With CoPilot Truck, fleet managers ultimately control the route the driver is supposed to follow.   If that driver had been provided a truck-legal road, this costly expense potentially could have been avoided.  It pays to have truck specific navigation.

 

If you aren’t running CoPilot Truck navigation, you’re missing out on key factors that help to fuel success on the road.  To learn more, please visit: copilottruck.com

Aspray24 Next Day Delivery – Utilizing CoPilot Truck and Advanced Route Optimization to Improve Driver Efficiency

 

 

Aspray24, a specialized next day delivery company operating a fleet of more than 400 trucks out of 14 depots, tasked ALK partner Kelgray, with a project to revise their total end to end mobility worker solution with a particular focus on route efficiency and navigation.

Kelgray took on the challenge by first implementing ALK’s Advanced Route Optimization technology which provides the ability to input specified arrival time windows directly into the routing algorithm, generating an optimized route plan that has allowed Aspray24 to increase the number of deliveries achieved per driver, per day, while decreasing the cases of failed first time deliveries.

To address the need for navigation, ALK offered its safe, legal, vehicle-specific routing and navigation solution, CoPilot Truck, which can be utilized across a varied fleet.

Working together, Kelgray successfully enhanced its Route Companion Pro for Asprey 24, providing a solution that manages all aspects of the driver’s workday, including pre-drive vehicle checks, loading, routing, efficient driving and customer signature, directly on the driver’s Honeywell hand held.

Reliable, Integrated Navigation – To Maintain a Competitive Edge

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For both domestic and field engineers within the Utilities Sector, increasing the number of installations or site visits performed each day is essential.  A significant contributor to this increase is through the combination of vehicle navigation and automating field service processes on the handheld device.

Here through our Industry Spotlight Series, we outline how a combination of ALK mapping, advanced routing and back office mapping visualization tools enables utilities companies to maintain a competitive edge.

Increase Field Engineer Productivity Through Optimized Routing

Depending on the engineer’s preference, CoPilot Professional can preview an appointment list of addresses from which to select each job, or overlay all the day’s planned locations as custom pins on a detailed map view. Engineers unfamiliar with the locality can use the route optimization facility in CoPilot Professional on their handheld to provide the most efficient route between appointments, based on either fastest or shortest criteria.

For engineers with a more thorough knowledge, CoPilot Professional provides the facility for them to select their own job sequence.

In both cases, the details when the engineer is expected on-site with the customer are conveyed back to the office, generating an accurate ETA time window of one hour or less. This ETA can be communicated to the customer.

Reliable GPS Navigation In Remote Locations

The field engineer receives job details directly to their handheld, with latitude and longitude co-ordinates, showing the locations mapped to the nearest road.

The off-line mapping and GPS connection means that the engineer can rely on robust GPS navigation even in the remotest locations – often a challenge with navigations systems reliant on mobile internet connection for navigation.

Should the work requirement be some distance from the roadside, the engineer can use CoPilot Professional to record the exact vehicle location, thereby making it easier to find during night time emergency call outs or in adverse weather.

You can learn more about our Utilities Engineer solutions at copilotpro.com

ALK & Kelgray Products Showcase Total Mobile Worker Solution at the Commercial Vehicle Show

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This week we’ll be joining our partner Kelgray Products at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK.

The joint exhibit will be displaying Kelgray’s Route Companion Pro, a Total Mobile Worker Solution that integrates ALK’s CoPilot Truck navigation and advanced routing optimization platform.

Kelgray’s Route Companion Pro can manage all aspects of a driver’s day. From pre-driving vehicle safety checks, through precise navigation and routing optimization of up to 250 stops, to proof of delivery, tracking and driver behaviour, Route Companion Pro performs all these tasks via a single hand held device.

On the stand, ALK and Kelgray will be showcasing a recent customer implementation for Aspray24, a UK delivery and logistics company with a 400+ fleet of medium to heavy goods vehicles.

As a result of implementing Route Companion Pro, Aspray24 are witnessing an increase in the number of deliveries per driver, a reduction in failed delivery attempts and reduced driver mileage.

Visit us in Hall 5, on Stand 5J86 to learn more.

Or read how Route Companion Pro can substantially reduce distance and journey time per driver per route.