Passenger Plus is a further coach operator to have signalled an aspiration to join the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme, with Managing Director Mark Drury outlining a hope that the Surrey business will be onboard by Q2 2022.
As part of its preparations for that, Passenger Plus has adopted remote tachograph downloading capability from TruTac in all 45 of its vehicles. The operator uses electronic systems for all of its compliance, HR and work ticket requirements, but the latest development is to allow easy tachograph analysis for vehicles and drivers that are now well distributed geographically.
Says Operations Manager Scott Rattle: “With a very busy fleet spread across London and the Home Counties, we need a system that enables us to keep vehicle and driver tachograph analysis at our fingertips.
“Data is harvested from the head unit, and then transmitted via Webfleet in-vehicle units, enabling us to download both driver and vehicle data over the air. It is then automatically imported into the TruAnalysis software and analysed in the usual way.
“We first looked at remote tachograph downloads in 2014, so it has been a long road to get here. But I am really pleased with the accuracy and speed of the system, which will be a major part of our compliance processes as we move towards gaining Earned Recognition accreditation.”
Passenger Plus was previously recognised for its forward-thinking approach when it was victorious in the Best Use of Technology (up to 150 vehicles) category at the 2019 routeone Awards.