ArmadaGPS with Truepath Tracking™ optimises road user charges (RUC)

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Sep 3, 2019 1:27:37 PM


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Does your business use diesel-powered vehicles? Road User Charges (RUC) may be a component of your overall business costs. The revenue from road user charges pays towards things like road maintenance, and safety. Even as you do your bit to help assure our roads are well-maintained and safe, you may also be concerned at how quickly road user charges are adding up in your business

ArmadaGPS makes RUC charges easier to manage

ArmadaGPS with Truepath Tracking™ collects driver data second-by-second by following the exact path taken by your drivers’ throughout their entire journey. This information is available to your fleet managers 24/7. At any given point of time, fleet managers can check on the fleet, confirming vehicles are where they’re required to be, and identify issues that can potentially cause delays. Beyond the benefits of providing full visibility into vehicle activity and providing quick updates to affected customers, ArmadaGPS can help reduce road user charges by ensuring that you’re only paying for on-road usage.

How does it work?

All vehicles that are required to pay road user charges must display distance licences. Haulage businesses need a system to ascertain the number of off-road kilometres logged by their fleets. Without this information, it is not possible to recover off-road charges. ArmadaGPS collects all the off-road data on the distance-based report.

ArmadaGPS distance-based reports provide the exact distance travelled so that the distance licences can be renewed. The ArmadaGPS vehicle tracking distance-based alerts for RUC charges work alongside a ‘Zebra’ RUC label machine. Once the label machine is purchased then businesses can print what licences they needs, when they need it, an end to end solution that puts control into the hands of the fleet manager. Vehicles must always have a current RUC licence. When the RUC distance is reached a new licence is required (source: NZTA)

ArmadaGPS also simplifies verification for time sheets and billing, as well as truck maintenance alerts. For urgent or high-consequence deliveries, the ability to receive smartphone push alerts about your fleet is invaluable. Fleet managers can also opt to receive email alerts.

Other useful information that you can run as formal reports include time on site and time to site, mileage and daily activity. They can be emailed at schedules of your preference or run on demand.

RUC increases affect margins

As of July 1 2019, the road user charge for light diesel vehicle owners is $62.61 per 1000 kilometres. For transport operators, an increase in road user charges for heavy or light diesel will likely affect margins unless they pass the costs on to consumers. Changes in tax and fuel prices are typically addressed as adjustments in freight rates. However, in a competitive landscape, transport operators may think twice about competing on price if that means compromising on their long-term profits (source: NZ Truck & Driver Magazine).


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Empowering businesses to make the right decisions.

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Aug 2, 2019 9:01:52 AM


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Getting from A to B used to be pretty straightforward. These days, it comes with a few more challenges - 44% more in fact! That’s how much the number of vehicles in New Zealand has increased by between the years 2000-2015, with almost 3.9 million vehicles on our roads (source: Massey University).

So what does this mean for businesses who rely on vehicles to operate? Higher costs, risks, emissions and competition to name a few - which also means that making decisions based on accurate and reliable data has never been more critical to profitability.

Telematics - the cornerstone of business efficiencies and workplace safety

Connecting critical vehicle data to business operations enables informed and fact-based decision making through the data that is collected. Telematics offers this transparency, by allowing decision-makers to understand what is causing their business to under perform.

Aside from productivity, the other elephant in the room for fleet managers these days is New Zealand’s biggest workplace safety reform: The Health and Safety At Work Act 2015. This now puts the duty of care on employers with tougher penalties for workplace accidents. Given that the car is one of the most hazardous ‘workplaces, greater transparency is crucial not only for decision making for management but accountability of all drivers.

Here are 3 ways telematics can and will improve your bottom line and improve workplace safety:

1. Reduces your fleet’s operating costs

The old saying you have to spend money to make money really does apply to this benefit. But the cost of outlays for tracking is very relative to the amount of savings that your company can make from implementing telematics. Haemorrhaging cash or resources is not an option for profitable businesses. ArmadaGPS software records around 200 million vehicle events every month - that's vehicle insights that you can rely on to save money and resources each and every day. This all adds up to put your productivity into a profitable trajectory.

Can you afford to only partially understand how much your operations are costing you?  Idling time plays a big part on a fleet's operating costs. According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) the savings from reduced idling could be worth $3,000 per year for a large truck travelling 100,000 km per year. By using a tracker you’ll be able to measure, and articulate how idling could be impacting your business read this blog to find out how to reduce your fleet's idling time

2. Pinpoint your vehicles’ exact locations and time spent on the job

By connecting the vehicle to your business operations you’re able to pinpoint any connected vehicles exact location. You’ll be able to see if the engine is idling or moving and at what speed. It also allows you to give customers accurate arrival times and ensure both time-sheets and customer invoices are accurately billed for time spent on the job.

Perhaps you are keeping log books of your driver's journeys to assist with calculating fringe tax benefits. With ArmadaGPS, recording and data entry of journey times can take place with the push of a few buttons, read more on this here

3. Tracks your drivers' habits

What you don’t know won't kill you but if you bury your head in the sand on this one the chances are you're going to get bitten.

Being able to keep track of dangerous driving like harsh cornering is pivotal to your workplace health and safety. Tracking your vehicles allows for open transparent measures to be put in place and monitored, ensuring your drivers are doing their bit to keep themselves and others safe.

If your team could do with tips around safety in their vehicles, have a read of these Little tricks to make a big difference to your drivers' speeding habits or get in touch to find out more about how telematics could boost your business’s bottom line request a demo


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Vehicle idling - how to reduce your fleet's operating costs with GPS trackers

Posted by Sarah Dwyer on Jun 26, 2019 11:54:03 AM

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Idling causes unnecessary fuel consumption wasteful emissions and occurs more wear and tear on your vehicle.

According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) the savings from reduced idling could be worth $3,000 per year for a large truck travelling 100,000 km per year.

The 3-minute rule

If drivers are expecting to idle for more than 3 minutes, it’s good practice to turn off the engine as this is the point in which the cost saving is greater than leaving the engine idling.  How many of your team who drive know this helpful tip to save on fuel?  It might be worth ensuring that you have some guidance on this during on-boarding as well as some regular updates on how best to manage their vehicles.  If they don't know about it chances are they are idling regularly and adding extra and unnecessary costs. 

Start a movement (no pun intended!)

Encourage your drivers to reduce their idling. How? By talking about their idling times. Talking about idling regularly in updates and meetings will ensure they fully understand the implications behind idling, why this is important for them and the business. By using a tracker you’ll be able to measure, and articulate how idling could be impacting your business. It will help you understand which staff are repeatedly sitting idle, and drill down to their map and movement history to have conversations around why this could be happening.

Are you keeping an eye on idling times?

With high fuel prices and maintenance costs, below is a quick report you can run on ArmadaGPS to see who and where your vehicles are sitting with the engine running unnecessarily.


Go to the ArmadaGPS platform and click on:

Reports> Standard Reports .

Select New > Stops Report

Select your date range and vehicles that you want to report on and 'Generate Report'


  • Read the ArmadaGPS User Guide about creating standard reports
  • Get a demo 
  • Watch a 2 minute video:

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