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.
“I can check routes, drivers and vehicle locations on my iPhone - I’m in touch with what’s happening all the time. With that knowledge, we’ve been able to consolidate routes and improve the way we do things. We expect these savings to continue to grow. ”
“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%.”