Coach operator cuts driver infringements with TruTac and CPT
The introduction of TruTac and CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport) branded software products is credited with reducing driver infringements by more than 50 per cent at Alfa Coaches. The Alfa Leisureplex Group’s coach business has also achieved ER (Earned Recognition) status since implementing TruTac’s the software.
Alfa Coaches turned to TruTac just over five years ago in a bid to improve fleet efficiency and tighten the compliance-related procedures required to achieve ER status. As the company is a member of the CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport), TruTac’s CPT Tacho Analysis and CPT Daily Checks products were the perfect fit.
“The cloud-based, all-in-one, system provides us with clear visibility and tight control across the fleet, which has improved driver debriefing processes (and driver education) and successfully reduced infringements,” comments operations director Paul Bull. “In 2018, infringements ‘per duty’ were running at 2.5 per cent. Now, we are seeing an average of 1.1 per cent. “Plus,” he adds: “We have instant access to clear and concise compliance data, including manager and driver dashboards with KPI reporting – all of which have ticked the requisite boxes on our way to achieving ER status in Nov 2021.”
Complete web-based analysis
Developed by TruTac in partnership with the CPT, the Tacho Analysis software package includes complete web-based digital and analogue tachograph analysis, supporting EU and GB domestic drivers’ hours rules – specifically for PSV drivers (including Working Time Directive regulations).
To further improve day-to-day fleet and operator licence management, Alfa Coaches recently added CPT Fleet Management system for vehicle and workshop control, and the operations manager says the advantages very soon became apparent.
“CPT Fleet has fast become an integral part of our fleet maintenance and vehicle management system, and in just a few months has helped to get a grip on a raft of essential procedures including maintenance monitoring and schedules, safety inspections, maintenance document control and audit checks.”
According to Bull, CPT Fleet Management seamlessly integrates with CPT Daily Checks, which enables instant cross-reference to mobile based defect reports and maintenance calendars with a full audit trail for end-to-end defect reporting. The system also provides real-time visibility of the vital information for each vehicle’s DVLA data and operator licence information. Furthermore, as CPT Fleet is DVSA – Earned Recognition approved, Alfa Coaches had the added benefit and reassurance when relying on information retrieval and processes needed to achieve ER status.
TruTac additionally points out that as CPT members, they get significant discounts on all TruTac products and have the peace of mind knowing the systems are all approved by the industry membership body.
“I’ve said it before,” concludes Paul Bull, “TruTac’s systems are paperless, tamperproof and secure. We would have struggled to gain ER accreditation without them and going forward, there’s no question we have the right partner to help ensure the highest operational standards and guaranteed compliance control.”