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A vehicle’s fuel consumption results from a driving behaviour pattern as well as a number of parameters which are beyond the driver’s control, the French manufacturer said – for example, the load, the route and traffic conditions. As a consequence, Renault has developed a new tool that assesses driving style based on a number of objective criteria. Incorporated into Optifleet, the new service enables fleet managers to track and analyse their drivers’ performance more accurately, thereby lowering their cost of use.

Called Fleet Manager, the system can easily identify specific areas where drivers may require specific training. These, said Renault, can be discussed objectively with the individual drivers and built into any potential future training needs.

For example, the French company Inter-Légumes – a Renault Trucks customer that trialled the concept – has been able to test this new functionality over a period of several months on the 55 Range T vehicles in its fleet.

“This new Optifleet functionality means much more than just bare fuel consumption statistics as it makes monitoring and communicating with our drivers so much easier,” said Christophe Boulicaut, an instructor with Inter-Légumes. “It really shows if the driver is making the best use of the truck, enabling us to have discussions based on accurate figures and above all, objectives.

“Furthermore, I can access each driver’s performance in just a few clicks, enabling me to rapidly identify areas that can be improved. Every month, I post every driver’s scores and we reward the one who comes out best.”

The reports indicate drivers’ performance via a comprehensive rating, a colour code (green, orange or red), a general classification and the trend over time. Fleet managers can download weekly or monthly PDF reports or consult them on their mobile phones.

They are based on an algorithm specially developed by Renault Trucks. The classification criteria of the algorithm do not focus on actual consumption as such, but on items that drivers can control, irrespective of their load, route profile or traffic conditions. This enables all fleets to obtain ratings for each driver solely based on driving performance.

Renault said its new tool is included in the ‘Check’ module at no additional cost for every Optifleet customer and, for hauliers who already use Optifleet, this update is free and will be automatically displayed on their usual portal.