Hauliers have seen a 37% reduction in unsafe driving behaviours and a 6% increase in miles per gallon (MPG) during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to telematics specialist Microlise.
The results come from telematics data analysed by the Microlise Data Science and Operational Research team.
The analysis revealed that average MPG improved by 6% with the increase starting on 16 March, peaking in the week of 6 April and then remaining relatively stable in the following weeks.
The data also revealed a 37% decrease in number of speeding events per kilometre.
The fall started from the 23 March, reaching its lowest level in the week of the 13 April.
The latest data shows that this has since gone up to -31% compared to the baseline, which Microlise says reflects recently increased traffic levels.
Harsh braking events also saw a significant fall, down 37% per km. The data shows the decline began on 9 March, reaching its lowest level during the week of 6 April, when it fell by 37% but has since risen to -29%.
From the first day of lockdown on 23 March there was also a decrease in total mileage which dropped to its lowest level during the week of 6 April to -27%, moving up to -16% in the following weeks.
Nadeem Raza, Microlise chief executive, said lessons could be learnt from the data to improve future haulage operations.
“Travel movement for those hauliers who have been able to continue to trade, seems to have improved during lockdown.
“Drivers are performing more safely and are travelling more efficiently between depots and delivery end-points, perhaps due to lighter traffic conditions and the fact that night-time delivery restrictions were relaxed.
“Could HGV-only lanes, and more flexibility around delivery windows support a more agile supply chain into the future?”
“What is certain is that the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown our global supply chain into sharper focus in a way that is likely to transform our logistics landscape into the future with data continuing to play a key role in supporting our sector as it returns to a new normal – a sector that yet again, has proved in a time of crisis – to be a bedrock within our economy.”
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