A leading palletised freight distributor has made significant improvements in vehicle management and compliance control since using TruTac’s products.

Oxford Carriers, based in Witney, Oxfordshire, specialise in next-day UK pallet deliveries, general haulage, same day and European transport services. Offering full and part load services, groupage and consolidated loads the company is a long-standing member of one of the UK’s foremost palletised freight distribution networks, TPN – The Pallet Network.

“We originally used TruAnalysis for complete tachograph management and later worked with TruTac to help test their TruFleet vehicle maintenance software,” says Logistics Operations Manager, Mike Wise “and I’m pleased to say, over the last couple of years both our driver compliance and our vehicle maintenance procedures have improved beyond measure.”

According to Mike Wise, the workshop team used to use paper tickets hanging on pegs, backed up by an excel spreadsheet, to keep tabs on maintenance schedules, MOTs and vehicle repair work.

“TruFleet took us to another level” says Mike. “Now, with everything handled by the easy-to-use software, we use continuous scheduling and all vehicle events are automatically posted to the Outlook calendar for sharing between the garage and the back-office. This gives us real-time visibility of maintenance intervals and vehicle availability and allows us to programme months ahead. Jobs don’t get missed, everything’s visible and we save a great deal of time.”

To assist further in keeping drivers and fleet managers aware of vehicle incidents and ongoing repair requirements, Oxford Carriers use TruChecks, which enables drivers to complete daily walk around vehicle inspections via an app, with full back-office defect and rectification reporting.

“The handy TruTac app enables our drivers to carry out their daily walk-round and take pics where needed. In turn, this allows us to capture all information required by the DVSA and to provide type-specific and configurable check lists for all vehicle types and trailers – which for our diverse truck and trailer fleet is a huge advantage,” says Mike.

Meanwhile, for quick driver licence validity checks, Mike’s team use TruTac’s online TruLicence online checking system: Integrating with all TruTac products and dashboards TruLicence allows accurate checking of correct information on a licence while instantly showing any endorsements, along with the individual’s entitlement to drive.

“Keeping our customers satisfied is always a number one priority,” adds Mike Wise, “but it’s also good to know that by using the right compliance tools we can always keep the DVSA happy too!”

Oxford Carriers is a family firm offering a full range of warehousing services including storage, fulfilment, container management, pick and pack and end to end supply chain solutions, including Just in Time deliveries direct from central storage facilities to UK and European destinations.