Suttons, which provides tank container and road tank container services has invested £2 million of the funding to upgrade its technology, which includes the deployment of telematics and technology including Microlise which will be installed across its fleet of 1,350 tractor units, road tankers and trailers.
The funding has allowed the company to manage its fleet more effectively through vehicle tracking and utilisation reporting, as well as managing driver performance to reduce fuel costs and improve efficiencies.
The company will also use the technology to improve driver communication through the implementation of sign-on-glass and image capture across vehicles, all provided through the installation of Samsung tablets in the cabs.
The remaining £4 million of funding has been used to support the purchase of trailers and tanks to fulfil a pipeline of new business opportunities secured by Suttons.
“The funding from Lombard has allowed us to roll-out new technologies that will streamline day-to-day processes, enabling us to concentrate on other priorities including upskilling our staff and seeking new business opportunities,” said Keith Broom, Group Finance Director at Suttons Transport Group.