What can this achieve?
Modern technology can assist traffic office staff through the use of computerised routing and scheduling software packages.
These sophisticated programmes include many features which may
offer a variety of benefits to transport operators:
- enabling management to optimise routes and schedules for drivers
- include such features as a digital map of the road network
- give information on customer locations and required times for delivery or collection of goods
- show the number of packages or types of goods for each drop or pickup
- detail the types and capacities of vehicles available for service each day
- confirm hours of work available to each driver on the appropriate roster
Additional operational benefits
With the ever growing number of vehicles on the road and the resultant urban congestion, one of the main advantages of these systems is the ability of the traffic scheduler to anticipate actual delivery or collection times. By notifying customers in advance of the driver’s arrival, the need for the lorry drivers to wait in queues at customers’ premises may be reduced. The allocation of tasks to the best-placed vehicles can be constantly updated during the day, and the necessity to send out standby vehicles and drivers reduced or removed altogether.
Journey planning for smaller fleet sizes
For operators running smaller fleets, where fewer delivers and collections are made and where scheduling is less onerous, simpler and cheaper packages know as journey planners are available.
Features of journey planners
As well as ensuring that freight movements are completed in the most efficient manner possible, they can be used for various monitoring purposes including checking distances travelled, accuracy of invoices when there is a mileage charge element and analysis of customer profiles.