Flogas starts trial of Effitrailer telematics system from Michelin
Flogas Britain has started a new six month pilot trial of Michelin solutions’ Effitrailer programme, a telematics scheme, it hopes will improve safety and boost efficiency.
Michelin solutions has installed the system on 21 trailers divided across Flogas’ liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker trailer fleet, plus several specialised flatbed trailers serving its gas bottle distribution operations. The tankers deliver to Flogas customer sites nationwide, while the flatbeds carry out deliveries, as well as doubling up as portable storage facilities for gas bottles in customers’ yards.
Effitrailer telematics feature an on-board datalink, tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic braking system data analysis and can provide constant geolocation. Flogas also has access to a full suite of real-time data generated by the Michelin solutions programme – designed to improve fleet efficiency and provide an opportunity for in-depth forward planning. The reports detail each vehicle’s mileage, the length of any periods of abnormal downtime or ‘wait-time’, the ‘unhooked’ or ‘towed’ status of the asset, and whether the trailer is overloaded.
The 21 retrofitted trailers are part of a 500-strong fleet of commercial vehicle assets, which ranges from 3.5-tonne light commercial vehicles to 44-tonne articulated trucks.