Paragon has announced a breakthrough in vehicle routing and scheduling with new software functionality to help transport planners build routes that comply with the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) and other time-sensitive route restrictions. Paragon Route Control will enable planners to build compliant routes, cutting the time spent on manual planning, reducing the need for route deviations, minimizing the impact of LLCS and major public events on routing and scheduling, and lowering the risk of incurring penalty fines.
“When a driver deviates from the prescribed route, fleet monitoring systems flag that journey as an exception, and the transport office has to manually check if it should be recorded as a breach or not,” said Phil Ingham, Paragon’s Support Director. “Now with Paragon Route Control, our customers can create rules that apply approved route deviations at specific times of the day, week or month by truck type, reducing the number of manual interventions required by the transport planner.”
LLCS affects millions of trucks each year. Compliance with the LLCS can add many miles to each journey; the Freight Transport Association has estimated that the cost incurred by the industry is GBP 30 million a year. Since the LLCS was first introduced, transport offices wanting to optimize their fleet operations in the Greater London area have struggled to create feasible plans that take into account the large number of time-related lorry restrictions.