My name is John Moriarty and I am Transport Manager at Moriarty Haulage Ltd. The company was founded by my brother Denis Moriarty in 2007, initially starting as a sole trader in 2000. The company operates a fleet of over 50 truck mixers. We work on a contracted basis with companies such as Cemex and Hanson and also operate a daily hire fleet with a wider spectrum of customers. Our involvement with FORS made me take a good look at the business and invest in resources where needed which has paid off in terms of increased MPG.
We got involved with FORS as it was becoming apparent that we would need it to be able to deliver to more and more customer sites. When we looked at what was involved we could see the benefits it would have to our company and it matched our health and safety ethos. We was the first company in 2012 to have a truck mixer fitted with a rear wash down tank which meant that trucks at any site could wash down discharge chutes meaning they would not have any loose stones when returning to base.
Our initial bronze assessment was very pleasant and we obtained our bronze accreditation in January 2014 with no problems at all. Our auditor commented on a good first impression as our health and safety was evident for him to see.
Once we were bronze, there was only one place we wanted to be and that was Gold. We obtained our Silver accreditation in November 2015 and are hoping 2016 sees us move up to Gold.
‘Once we were bronze, there was only one place we wanted to be and that was Gold’
A challenge for us in our industry is we need to use our trucks engine in order to drive the mixer drum and to keep the concrete agitated while our trucks are in transit and while waiting to discharge on customer sites before discharging and returning to base. For us we want our truck to go to site, discharge and return to the yard without any delays and in a safe manner. Any idling on site is not only wasting fuel but the longer the concrete is left in our drum then the more likely it will affect the build-up in our drum. As part of our progression with FORS we have invested in telematics which allows us to monitor how long our trucks are left idling on sites and in yards between loads. We have tasked our drivers also with monitoring waiting times and between the telematics and driver co-operation we are chasing sites to use the concrete when it arrives reducing our idling time. When sat in the yard the drivers will look to wash out the mixer and switch off.
‘We have access to training which I have sat myself and it allows us to chat to the drivers and get them thinking more about what is expected of them in their day to day duties and emphasise the importance of Vulnerable Road Users’
Another big problem in our industry is fuel theft. Our endeavours to obtain accurate MPG has been hampered by drivers helping themselves to fuel. Our telematics has helped us identify rogue drivers who were stealing fuel. Our system will give us estimated fuel usage of our trucks giving us a figure to compare to fuel card use. High differences are monitored and over the last year we have either dismissed or sought prosecution against 10% of our drivers. With continuous monitoring we are hoping we can see this improve further for 2017.
|MPG||Incidents per 100,000 Kms|
|Oct 2014-Sep 2015||4.08||4.4|
|Oct 2015-Sep 2016||4.61||3.7|
Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents per 100,000 Kms
Becoming a FORS Gold member would mean we are recognised as a reputable haulier and to come from one truck to the fleet we have today would mean a lot. FORS has seen investment in the company which has had a positive effect on the company. All our vehicles now have recording cameras which allow us to analyse any complaint or traffic incident. We have the aid of telematics which can help us identify good and bad drivers, monitor fuel use and also maintain legal compliance with regards to tachograph laws. We have access to training which I have sat myself and it allows us to chat to the drivers and get them thinking more about what is expected of them in their day to day duties and emphasise the importance of Vulnerable Road Users. It is interesting to receive their feedback as a valued part of the company. Drivers freely report to the office any sites they feel are unsafe allowing us to take action. Moving forward I would like to see the business improve on its current performance while still maintaining high levels of health and safety and customer satisfaction.