30 Telematic Systems Into Specialist Vehicles

Handsfree Group Install Premium Telematic Into Winter Services Vehicles


Handsfree Group UK embodies the importance of vehicle safety, precaution and awareness. They also strive for exceptional efficiency and quality care for both customers and the Handsfree Group team.

Every member of their team has a part to play in ensuring the best in vehicle technology installations nationwide. They also raise awareness on the importance of having the fleet best safety precautions when on the road, for drivers and public safety.

Their latest exceptional vehicle installation involved specialist vehicles. Handsfree Group have a vast experience on specialist vehicle technology installations, whether a single specialised installation is required or to a fleet of vehicles.


Handsfree Group were asked to provide their award winning installation services for a premium telematic system into 30 specialist winter gritting service vehicles.

Gritters are specialist vehicles such as gritting lorries, salt spreaders and salt trucks. With similar components to other specialist vehicles, such as snowplows, they are vital in ensuring safety in harsh winter conditions.

Handsfree Group were able to provide a fully bespoke vehicle installation service into all 30 of the specialised vehicles. Their FITAS certified engineers were able to professionally and efficiently install the telematics technology, ensuring best practice can be achieved in the upcoming winter conditions.


Handsfree Group are proud of their FITAS certification across all of their engineers. The quality assured accreditation reflects the high professional standards in which all their engineers uphold.

The quality certification highlights the excellence within Handsfree Group’s specialised team and outstanding installations at their state of the art workshop facilities provides.

Their workshop facilities, Installhub, located in the North of England are used for many of their professional installations whether for a single vehicle or a large fleet. The highly skilled Handsfree Group Install team also provide assured ‘off site’ options for all customers too.


The latest 30 installs into these specialised gritter vehicles equals improved safety and advanced awareness for all involved. Vehicle Telematics is a easy way to ensure maximum safety and efficiency for one vehicle or your entire fleet.

Vehicle Telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movements, status and driving behaviour of one vehicle or a fleet of vehicles. It is a superior method of monitoring a vehicle by combining a GPS system and on-board diagnostics. You are able to record and map the location, speed and journey of a vehicle and cross reference how the vehicle’s driver is behaving.

With this data you can mitigate risk, increase road safety and road transportation efficiency dramatically. Fleet Managers can clearly understand the behaviour of their fleet and this can significantly improve road safety fast.

If you would like to find out more, please click here and start you telematics journey today.




There was an impressive turn out to what was a very informative conference, focussing on industry news, cost saving and best practise.

From alternative fuels and electric driving to the DVSA introducing an earned recognition scheme, the conference was packed full of a wide variety of useful insights for all attendees to take away.

Handsfree Group UK Sales Director, Chris Baines, attended the conference and these were his 4 biggest takeaway points from the day.


Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel is revolutionary, not only saving cost on fuel but protecting the environment at the same time. Waitrose are leading the way with Bio-Metheyne (Bio CNG) Alternative Fuel powered vehicles by making the switch already.

A great deal was discussed about CNG (methane stored at high pressure) – a fuel which can be used in place of gasoline (petrol), Diesel fuel and propane/LPG. CNG combustion produces fewer undesirable gases than the traditional vehicle fuels.

CNG Fuels are the company supplying the gas pumps to Waitrose, their vision is as follows:

  • “To develop a Bio-CNG refuelling network with the capability to service all of the UK’s major trucking routes.”
  • “To build a network that is so reliable and dispenses CNG at such a low cost, that Bio-CNG is the only sensible choice for fleet operators.”
  • “To see HGV fleets in the UK catch up with international peers by running predominantly on low-emissions, low-cost biomethane.”

An average HGV does 200K KM per year and averages an MPG of 9-10 miles per gallon. At current prices (£1.19 per litre) it can cost £68’800 per annum in diesel per vehicle. Switching to CNG alternatives can see savings of up to 43%.

When you consider that the average logistics operator is running at around 3% – 4% margin, with the biggest costs being fuel, switching makes sense and could boost operator margin to 8%.


A conference exclusive… Tesla to launch electric HGV.  This was a very exciting part of the conference, as we could see electric HGV take to the road very soon.

Tesla’s truck could have a range of 200-300 miles which is impressive for what the company are calling the “small-range” model. They are looking to expand into long-distance models capable of 1000 miles on a single charge.

The news has now broken mainstream with reports of Tesla’s Elon Musk describing the commercial vehicle as a “beast” and confirming the company’s all-electric truck reveal date of 26th October 2017.


We have all heard a few murmurings in the press about future Diesel engine production stopping and now it is becoming a reality – Volvo are to stop producing Diesel engines for its car division from 2019, switching to fully electric or hybrid only.  They will be launching five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021 – three Volvos and two from Polestar, their high performance division.

The rising costs of running a Diesel vehicle (cost of Diesel, threat of extra taxes, extra parking charges and increased congestion charges in London to name a few) and increased demand for electrified vehicles has all contributed towards Volvo’s decision which marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car.


The DVSA are introducing a revolutionary earned recognition scheme that makes vehicle safety related information accessible.

Once a vehicle is audited and compliant, a VOSA Highway Patrol car will be able to remotely check its maintenance records to ensure everything is in order.

Applications are officially now open for the new scheme and it could become mandatory for fleets, in a similar way to how ELD (Electronic Logging Device) has done in the U.S.


Vehicles have developed a lot in the past 40 years, however the feeling from the conference is that the next 40 could be just as big, if not bigger.

Successful car manufacturers of the future will be software driven, so players like Google and Apple are likely to be those manufacturers, not the typical OE manufacturers of today.

In contrast, with computer giant Apple making $70’000 profit every 60 seconds it could buy Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen, while still having enough change to buy McDonalds.


Were you at the British Transport Advisory Consortium Conference this year and what did you think?