TRACKING vehicle location heads the list of reasons that light commercial vehicle fleets use telematics, according to research from vehicle funder Arval, owned by BNP Paribas.

The top result was chosen by 56% of respondents, followed by improving driver behaviour (44%), improving driver safety (35%), reducing fleet costs (21%), optimising journeys (12%) and enabling drivers to make informed decisions (11%).

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: ‘In recent years, telematics technology has become cheaper, more effective and more flexible, and has been widely adopted by LCV fleets as a result. Our findings show that 28% of businesses specify a telematics unit when they order a vehicle and many more will no doubt add them during the life of the van.’