Maxi Haulage Pleased with Volvo Trucks FMS

Following an extensive trial of Volvo’s Fuel Management Service (FMS), Maxi Haulage stated they are ‘quite optimistic’ with the results. Designed to improve fleet fuel economy, FMS has helped drivers involved in the trial to improve their cruise control and top gear usage, while engine idling has reduced from 11.54% to 8%.

As a result of working in partnership with Volvo Trucks on the Fuel Management Service programme, Maxi Haulage has seen fuel usage improve by 3.28% in the first three months of the project.

“The intention is to roll out FMS to other Maxi Haulage depots now, such as the Maxi vehicles based at our Warwick location,” Maxi Haulage Managing Director Alan Miles said in a release. “Once the figures have been annualised to take into account seasonal effect, we believe 8% will be achieved,” he added.

“Given the severity of the weather, we were pleased that the Maxi drivers, who have been briefed about the FMS objectives and targets, have responded positively and made improvements regarding the targeted driver behaviour skills, which deliver the fuel savings,” explained Volvo’s FMS Customer Business Manager Nigel Bailey.

Driver development has been carried out with the first group of drivers and driver information and league tables are produced weekly.

Fuel Management Service is a five-step programme that includes a Fuel Management Audit, Driver Development planning, Performance Monitoring and training of a Customer Fuel Management Coach.

According to Nigel Bailey, the next steps include reviews of driver training requirements, arranging for Volvo and Renault product training for selected drivers and agreeing which driver performance objective to focus on next.
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