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Use telematics to save fuel, says Matshego

If that’s any­thing to go by, Leg­tra­tron Elec­tron­ics could help com­pa­nies to over­come the ever-increas­ing petrol hike by reduc­ing fuel con­sump­tion.

The company’s man­ag­ing direc­tor, Itume­leng Mat­shego said busi­ness­es can use its telem­at­ics tool to reduce fuel con­sump­tion by up to 15%.

“Vehi­cle telem­at­ics can be one of the most impor­tant tools in reduc­ing fuel usage.

The tool can pro­vide fleet man­agers with per­for­mance data essen­tial for rec­ti­fy­ing dri­ver behav­iour that is cost­ly both in fuel usage and poten­tial col­li­sions,” explains Mat­shego.

Mat­shego empha­sized busi­ness­es can keep an eye on dri­vers not to use com­pa­ny vehi­cles for per­son­al gains.

He said this can also help to check on dri­vers wast­ing resources by tak­ing long routes.

Matshego’s sug­ges­tion to busi­ness­es to reduce fuel con­sump­tion is a sequel to an announce­ment by Finance Min­is­ter, Tito Mboweni dur­ing Bud­get Speech that the gov­ern­ment will add fuel levies in June.

“Motorists will fork out R1.34c/L for petrol and 81c/L diesel once the gov­ern­ment adds levies to the nor­mal petrol hike. It will also add  car­bon tax fuel prices,” said Mot­shego

He cau­tions dri­vers fill­ing a 50L will pay up to R280 just on tax­es each time com­pa­nies fill up vehi­cles.

“Fuel price con­tin­ues to increase at an alarm­ing rate, com­pa­nies need to reduce fuel usage. One of the best ways to reduce fuel con­sump­tion is to improve dri­ver behav­iour,

Some of the biggest caus­es of fuel con­sump­tion are harsh brak­ing or accel­er­a­tion, speed­ing, dri­ving at RPMs over 3000 and exces­sive idling,” he said

While ris­ing expens­es con­tin­ue to place mount­ing pres­sure on busi­ness, Mot­shego said fleet man­agers need to save wher­ev­er pos­si­ble.

“As fuel expen­di­ture is one of huge expense this should be an area of pri­or­i­ty. Telem­at­ics can be one of the most pow­er­ful tools to help reduce con­sump­tion,” added Mot­shego.

He said using the tool can elim­i­nate unnec­es­sary trips and help dri­vers avoid traf­fic jams.





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