UK fleet activity returns to pre-Covid levels

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Research conducted by vehicle tracking systems supplier, Quartix shows UK fleet activity levels returning to normal following the Covid-19 national lockdown period

The UK-based vehicle tracking company provides over 17,500 businesses worldwide with real-time GPS fleet tracking and has been able to closely monitor its customer base during the global pandemic.

Quartix says its UK fleet customers are now travelling 91% of the ‘norm’, established using fleet data from before the lockdown period.

Inevitably, mid-March to April saw a substantial reduction in the distances collectively travelled, as businesses paused activity and followed social distancing protocols.

The total mileage dipped as low as 35% over the Easter bank holiday, and 46% in the surrounding weeks of lockdown.

However, since April there has been a surge in fleet activity, indicating that businesses have been steadily resuming operations.

The graph below shows Covid-19’s impact on Quartix UK customer fleets specifically, and the combined distances driven since 1 March 2020.

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“We are pleased to see our customers recover from this challenging time,” says Andy Walters, CEO of Quartix.

“Businesses across the country have navigated the pandemic admirably and kept on track. This encouraging data we are seeing shows great strength from our customers.”

During Covid-19, Quartix saw an increase in customer preference for self-installed devices across all geographical regions, giving customers increased flexibility on where and when installations take place.

Despite the year’s events, Quartix reported customer growth in all markets since 31 December 2019.

Its customer base in France and the US rose by 12% and 9% respectively, despite contractions in the volume of new subscriptions during the pandemic. In newer territories across Europe, Quartix saw an 85% increase in vehicle tracking customers.

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