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M20 Smart Motorway inspires real-time lorry tracking portal by Rochester firm Plumwood

A company has devised the technology to allow fleet managers to monitor lorry drivers in real-time.

The online portal comes ahead of the unveiling of Kent's first Smart Motorway on the M20 in March.

The new technology will be able to monitor lorry drivers in real time	Picture: Barry Goodwin
The new technology will be able to monitor lorry drivers in real time Picture: Barry Goodwin

It will use advanced traffic management (ATM) cameras which are likely to catch more drivers exceeding speed limits.

Now Rochester-based commercial vehicle company Plumwood hopes its portal will help tackle the issue.

The £92million M20 smart motorway will be a six mile stretch between Junction 3 for West Malling and Junction 5 for Aylesford.

Company co-founder and directo Gary Wood explains: "We know the introduction of Smart Motorways has been daunting for customers, especially when it comes to ensuring their drivers are safe and compliant. However, it is clear that Smart Motorways are here to stay which means drivers and employers alike will have to be more attentive.

"The latest iteration of our technology will help managers identify drivers putting their business at risk. The timings for this next development could not be more apt, and we hope it will give our customers greater piece of mind as we embrace this change.”

Work on the M20 Smart Motorway at Junction 4	Picture: Ady Kerry
Work on the M20 Smart Motorway at Junction 4 Picture: Ady Kerry

Launched a decade ago, the logistics and compliance business turns over £250,000 annually. It hopes its latest technology could double the business over the next two years.

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