To combat traffic congestion some cities around the world have implemented road space rationing. São Paulo in Brazil is a city that is well known for having some of the world’s worst traffic jams.

Since 1996 it has employed road space rationing (rodízio veicular) to limit the number of vehicles on its roads, with varying degrees of success. There is a similar scheme operating in Mexico City and London is planning exclusion zone restrictions for the 2012 Olympics.

Drivers caught breaking these restrictions face stiff penalties, fines and demerit points. It also works against company policies that encourage environmentally-friendly behavior and a green fleet image.

But complying with road space rationing can pose a significant challenge for large fleets responsible for routing hundreds, or even thousands, of vehicles around the city every day.

  • Road space rationing compliance — How can they make sure drivers are complying with road space rationing?
  • Reduced mileage — How can they assist drivers to take the most optimized route while still complying with the restrictions?
  • Automated routing — How does their route planning software automatically restricts certain streets based on the vehicle’s plate number?
  • Time of day compliance — Can they ensure their routing software complies with time of day restrictions? In some situations, restrictions are for certain times of the day, normally peak hour traffic. In São Paulo, vehicle restrictions apply Monday to Friday from 7am to 10am, and 5pm to 8pm.

Fleets needs a powerful yet flexible route planning solution that can be customized to comply with local routing restrictions such as truck attributes, traffic congestion and, in this case, road space rationing. The need for good systems only increases as fleet sizes grow and route restrictions become more complicated.

Service fleet successfully meets road space rationing

Telogis have worked with several large enterprises to help them overcome the challenges faced by routing restrictions. One particular fleet in the service industry is based in São Paulo, and faces the issues of road space rationing, needing to restrict the routes taken by vehicles with specific plate numbers at certain times of the day.

Telogis worked with this fleet to create exclusion zones that covered the area dictated by the CET, as well as specifying the time the exclusion applied, in this case from 7am to 10am, and 5pm to 8pm.

The restrictions applied to registration plates that ended with certain numbers, and for specific days. By assigning groups of vehicles with the given plate number to the exclusion zone, the fleet automated compliant route planning for all their vehicles, regardless of the day of the week.

Telogis Route uses these exclusion zones when building routes, complying with the road space rationing constraints.

Exclusion zones save time, money, and trees

Complying with road space rationing is a challenge for fleets of any size but poses an extremely difficult obstacle for large fleets, particularly service-based fleets that are covering a lot of miles and completing multiple jobs every day.

Fortunately Telogis Route makes it easy. Setup exclusion zones, enter the details of the restriction and the vehicles it applies to, and the route planning software takes care of the rest.

This means fleets are spending a lot less time planning routes for their fleet drivers, while complying with green initiatives, and saving money on infringements for violating the road space rationing restrictions. And saving time and money, while going green, is something that Telogis solutions are doing for fleets all around the world with its unique, web-based platform that is revolutionizing fleet management everywhere.