Last reviewed 11 September 2020

The Motorway Buddy smartphone app is an established suite of products recognised by the UK Government and trade organisations as the preferred truck stop locator for UK and European drivers.

It is a driver-friendly compliance and safety management tool, among other functions, that provides the location of over 300 recognised truck stop facilities across the UK.

The intention is for Motorway Buddy to become a unified platform, merging its existing truck stop and driver compliance functionality with the theft and crime data provided by NaVCIS to produce a series of heat maps visualising recorded cargo and fuel theft incidents.

The data will be updated on a 3-month rolling basis, with 12 months of data displayed at any one time.

Additional functionality based on statutory driving hours will enable the driver to enter their statutory hours remaining and current location. The app will visually ring fence on the map where the driver can approximately reach within their driving time.

The driver can then overlay this map with the crime data to make an informed decision as to where to park their vehicle.

Freight insurer, TT Club’s investment is seen as a significant initiative in developing a unified platform to help hauliers and drivers control the risks of theft and damage, affecting the most vulnerable transport mode in the supply chain.

Bringing together the existing technology of a reputable road haulage app and detailed crime data, which maps the cargo and fuel theft hotspots provided by the Freight Unit of the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS), TT Club’s investment should enable informed decisions, leading to a safer and more secure road freight sector.

The software development will begin immediately with a view to launching the enhanced features on the app in two to three months’ time.