South West Coaches is a family run bus and coach company based in Somerset. With a 112 vehicle fleet operating from 3 depots, the company offers a range of national and international services including public bus services, rural coach services, school runs, private hire, day trips, coach tours and holidays.
The Bus and Coach industry has been hit hard by rising fuel costs and subsidy cuts so South West Coaches needed to optimise its costs. Working with TomTom business partner Fleetview Solutions, South West Coaches chose the LINK 300 tracking device together with Remote LINK Working Time Units and WEBFLEET monitoring system. The system was installed in 30 vehicles in April 2012 and immediate cost savings were noticed, along with several other benefits. Fuel consumption has reduced by 5% with the system on schedule to pay for itself within 12 months.
“In this business, performance is non-negotiable. With all the information we need, at our fingertips, we’ve decreased costs and increased peace-of-mind for us, our drivers, our customers and the patients. We couldn’t ask for more than that.”
“The ability to get our drivers to patients more efficiently and to follow an open route has allowed us to increase our carrying capacity about 30%.”