Integrating fleet safety and compliance
Martins Stock Haulage invested in Teletrac Navmans’s suite of trucking solutions, including implementing iFace devices in each vehicle to reduce fatigue compliance violations and protect their drivers.
Transitioning towards a non-paper cab environment also streamlined many back-office processes. At the end of the week, when drivers wanted to track their hours travelled, they were able to instantly generate a detailed report. “It saved a lot of time,” says Martin. “What used to take two days a week for a full-time employee to track manually was done instantly.” With it came the benefit of easily monitoring of driver hours, so back office staff could substantiate a driver’s pay chec k and track cash flow accurately.
In addition to these changes, the business also looked at inefficiencies that might be reducing overall profit and impacting its bottom line. Much of its work was conducted off-road, but there hadn’t previously been an easy way to track this to claim fuel tax credits on the travel. With Teletrac Navman’s FTC Manager system Martins was able to uncover a retrospective $120,000 fuel tax rebate.
Using this solution, the business streamlined the process of claiming fuel tax credits and enabled accurate on- and off-road tracking that improved its rebate value. This cost saving went right back to its bottom line and allowed further investment in digital transformation.
Preparing for the future
To unlock these benefits, Martins understood the implementation process would require time and training for all staff to be effective. The process took place over several years, beginning in 2015, and required Martins Stock Haulage to build the use of Teletrac Navman solutions into their policies and procedures. This is an ongoing process, and one that requires continual updating to ensure knowledge retention.
Teletrac Navman’s team has provided helpful advice throughout this process. “If we’ve ever got a problem, they’re always just a phone call away,” says Jason Martin. “The whole process has been great for us.”
As a pillar of the livestock transport industry, founder Gordon Martin aimed to bring his company to the forefront of transport technologies and demonstrate the value of compliance to the wider industry, and the team today has continued this commitment.
Martins Stock Haulage’s technological overhaul not only ensures driver safety and compliance but has also saved the company thousands, and guaranteed its prepared for the industry-wide shift towards digital adoption.