“Our firm’s existence was dependent on reducing fuel consumption.”

Jacek Słowiński, owner of Jastim, successfully reduced fuel consumption by investing in new trucks, new technology and driver training.
Jacek Słowiński, owner of Jastim, successfully reduced fuel consumption by investing in new trucks, new technology and driver training.

Through driver training and investing in new trucks and technology, Polish haulage company Jastim has reduced fuel consumption to levels previously considered impossible.

Fuel accounts for a significant portion of any haulage company’s costs – often up to a third – but for Jastim the company’s very survival was at stake. “Today we cannot afford to have the level of fuel consumption we had three years ago, which was 31-32 litres per 100 km. This would take us off the market, says Jacek Słowiński, owner of Jastim.”

For the past four years, in an effort to bring fuel consumption down, Jastim has been investing in new Volvo FHs. Its latest vehicles are equipped with Volvo Trucks’ Euro 6 C engine and latest aerodynamic improvements. This can enable a fuel saving by an additional three per cent for long and regional haul.

“We are interested in all new technological developments,” adds Jacek Słowiński. “Based on the amount of fuel we consume every month, an additional fuel saving of up to three per cent corresponds to thousands of litres for us.”

New Volvo FHs with Euro 6 C engines combined with the latest aerodynamic improvements, have helped Jastim reduce its fuel consumption by thousands of litres.
New Volvo FHs with Euro 6 C engines combined with the latest aerodynamic improvements, have helped Jastim reduce its fuel consumption by thousands of litres.

Jastim’s main assignments are transportation and forwarding of both domestic and international freight. Their three largest customers: Schenker, IKEA and DHL, all attach great importance to environmental issues and therefore put pressure on their suppliers to continuously reduce their fuel consumption. The recent savings achieved through new vehicles and driver training has helped the company meet their customers’ high expectations.

Jastim is also investing in Volvo Trucks Eco Driving training programmes. Every driver who can keep fuel consumption under 28 litres receives 300 zlotys (€70), and an additional 100 zlotys for every extra litre saved.  Results show that every driver who has completed the course is meeting their monthly fuel consumption targets, which has reduced their fuel consumption considerably.   

In the four years since Jastim decided to invest in Volvo trucks and driver training, average fuel consumption has gone down from nearly 32 litres per 100 km to 26 litres. The best drivers, such as Robert Sek, are even averaging 24 litres. “Today we are seeing levels of consumption that were unthinkable just 3-4 years ago,” says Jacek Słowiński. “Now it is just routine.” 

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ABOUT JASTIM

Founded: 1999
Ownership: Jacek Slawinski
Headquarters: Warsaw, Poland
Number of employees: 94 including 70 drivers
Assignments: Transportation and forwarding of both domestic and international freight. Currently Jastim has around 200 customers, the three biggest being DB Schenker, DHL and IKEA.
Volvo trucks in fleet: 4 Volvo FH 500 and 21 Volvo FH 460.
Truck specification: Volvo FH with Globetrotter cab, D13K500 engine Euro 6 step C, I-Shift gearbox generation F with fuel eco package including I-See, Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Lane Keeping System.
Fuel consumption: 26 litres/100km – down from 32 litres/100km four years ago.
Driver training: All drivers must undergo training at least once a year. Training for Volvo drivers is always carried out by Volvo Trucks Poland.
Other services: Jastim uses Dynafleet in their Volvo trucks. The company leases the trucks via Volvo Financial Services, on leasing periods between 3-4 years.

Gridlock traffic is far from ideal for fuel consumption, but experienced, well-trained drivers still know ways of saving.
Gridlock traffic is far from ideal for fuel consumption, but experienced, well-trained drivers still know ways of saving.