Technology Solutions to Help Managers and Owner Operators Manage Low Emission Zones
Oct 01, 2019 Comments (0)
Technology Solutions to Help Manage Low Emission Zones
The commitment to embrace technology is one of the most important investments a manager or driver can make in order to stay relevant and profitable. Low emission zones are here to stay (and only increase), but having access to innovative software solutions developed and utilised by online freight exchange platforms is one of the ways UK firms can not only manage the fiscal effects of the zones, but actually increase their profits.
Efficiency Boosting Software
Research and development into efficiency boosting, collaborative software is helping freight exchanges to create solutions to help their member businesses sustain their networks in the ULEZ, avoid fines and identify niche opportunities.
Using geo-fencing technology, the software draws a virtual perimeter around the low emission zone and users receive instant notifications if any part of their journey falls within it. The multi-stop functionality of the software enables users to plot a route with up to ten stops in between pick-up and final POD, with just one set of e-documents produced for administration purposes. For drivers or fleet managers operating non-compliant vehicles (pre Euro-6 standards) that attract the levy for travelling within the ULEZ, the instant alert feature of the software affords them the vital visibility to know when any part of their route falls within the zone, which is particularly important for quoting purposes. Smart load matching technology provides them with opportunity to sub-contract work out to other member businesses on the freight exchange to avoid paying the charge, while still remaining competitive.
For owner drivers or fleets that have already invested in upgrading to Euro-6 compliant vehicles, this kind of smart load matching technology opens up opportunities to capitalise on a lucrative niche market with the overflow of work within the ULEZ. The functionality of the software means that available jobs within the zone are flagged up in real time with instant notifications.
Stepping Forward Into Software Solutions
By embracing the software solutions developed by the UK’s largest freight exchange platforms, logistics businesses can counter many of the challenges presented by the current and impending low emission zones across the country. Not only does this kind of intelligent, real time-enabled technology allow users to more effectively manage the ramifications of the zones, when used to its full potential it actually creates opportunities to expand and increase profits.
Georgina Henders is an author and copywriter. She has been writing for Haulage Exchange for nearly 20 years and has an expert level understanding of the logistics industry.