Wren Kitchens praises the Truckfile drive app

Wren Kitchens praises the Truckfile drive app

Wren Kitchens saw a massive increase in defect reporting – and a corresponding improvement in the speed of fault rectification – as a result of using the Truckfile Driver App.

Wren, based in Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, has been using Truckfile since 2021. Latest figures show that following an initial leap in recording efficiency, gains have continued to rack up. More defects are being reported and more of the faults identified are being fixed faster than ever before, confirmed National Fleet Manager Lee Thompson-Halls, who is responsible for a fleet of 351 trucks and 144 trailers nationwide.

“The figures speak for themselves,” he said. “In 2021, for the first two weeks of March we had 17 defects reported. By 2022, with our drivers using Truckfile, we had 360 issues identified in the same period. This year the corresponding time window has seen more than 700 deficiencies flagged up. To be clear, that’s not because more is going wrong with our vehicles. It’s because Truckfile has helped us tighten the net so that flaws are not slipping through unnoticed.”

Truckfile’s Driver App is not only helping to bring more problems to light, though – it’s also drastically reducing the time taken to take remedial action.

“Last year 56% of faults identified were rectified during the same working day, and 82% inside 24 hours. This year those figures rose to 66% and 94%, respectively. Crucially, addressing these potential problems sooner translates into a noticeable reduction in downtime,” added Lee Thompson-Halls.

The change is attributed to Wren’s use of Truckfile for daily driver checks, backed by training to help staff understand how the system works and the benefits it can offer. Drivers now use the app, on their smartphones or a tablet device, to complete their ‘walk-around’ each morning. Any faults can be logged quickly and easily, backed up with photographs or even video.

“Using the app is simpler for the drivers and means there are no paper forms to get lost,” continued Lee Thompson-Halls. “There’s a benefit in terms of fleet management too. The system makes it very easy to confirm that all drivers have completed their checks, and also records the time spent and location, so we know they’ve taken at least the stipulated 12 minutes to go through the process and done so before leaving the yard. Meanwhile, any entries they make into the system are available immediately, so I know without delay if any action needs to be taken.”

“The fact that photos and videos can be uploaded, and viewed remotely, is another key benefit. It means, for example, that a fault can be correctly identified while a driver is out, and if a part is required it can be picked, and be ready and waiting to be fitted as soon as the truck arrives at the depot. We can also see which parts are being used more frequently, which helps to improve our imprest stock,” he concluded.

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