The basic function of the system is to limit the maximum speed of a vehicle to a preset level whilst the throttle (accelerator) pedal is fully depressed, without a noticeable variation in the speed. In many cases this restriction in the top speed has shown to dramatically reduce the amount of fuel used when compared to higher top speeds.
The introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act in 2007, highlighted the need for corporations and company directors, to take pro-active measures in ensuring the health and safety of their staff. In today’s business climate, when service is vital, drivers feel the increasing pressure to speed in order to fulfill their obligations.
When the nature of the business involves employees driving, it is a sensible precaution to ensure that the emphasis/pressure is taken away from the driver. By limiting the top speed of the fleet vehicles, corporations can reduce their liability and risk.
The reduction of fuel costs is an important part of most businesses. The reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is also becoming a major factor for many companies. When a reduction in fuel consumption is recorded, a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is also apparent.
For companies with an active ‘Green policy’, the introduction of speed limiters onto fleet vehicles can be a major step forward in reducing their carbon footprint. The increase in fuel economy is not the only benefit however, as the operating RPM is much lower at 70 mph as opposed to 80+ mph the engine and vehicle component wear can also be reduced.