Meer verkeersveiligheid voor minder geld
Tragically, there are 7,000 serious road accidents with 600 fatalities in the Netherlands every year. These numbers can be multiplied by 5 in bigger countries such as Germany, France, England and Italy. Proportionately, less developed countries suffer many more accidents. About a fifth of serious accidents are what are called ‘roadway departure accidents’. These are single-vehicle accidents where the vehicle leaves the road. A third of all fatalities are the result of roadway departure accidents, which is a very high percentage. Globally, we regrettably have to remember that there are about 3 million serious roadway departure accidents every year, which result in more than 400 thousand fatalities.
Verges must be made safer, and they can be made safer
The Dutch government in particular is making a lot of effort to increase road safety. One example is the EU Road Safety Programme 2011-2020. This programme aims to halve the number of fatal road accident victims, currently 100 per day. ByTheWay is contributing to these efforts by making the repair of dangerous verges better, easier and cheaper.
Your responsibility as road manager
As a road manager, you have to decide whether, to what extent, and in what way verges should be maintained or repaired. The services of ByTheWay offer you smarter and better ways to make sure the verges under your supervision are safe, and that you can save money at the same time.
Being a Business Partner of ByTheWay: what does that involve?
In the Netherlands, we work with a number of partner companies on the basis of an exclusive license agreement. Within their agreed region, each of these partners has the exclusive right to use KLEISER® machinery. It works like this:
- Our partners quickly acquire experience in working with our machines
- We and all the partners share our experiences, because together we learn faster
- Our partners function as our eyes and ears to quickly identify any patent infringements
- We share the financial benefit with the road manager and the partner company
- We acquire the resources to further develop our methods and explore the potential for new innovations
As a business partner, you have access to mobile cranes and personnel, which means your company can carry out the work independently with our KLEISER® machines. You then accept verge repair orders within your own region, and organise the whole project with your client. ByTheWay provides the KLEISER® machinery.
ByTheWay can also accept an order where execution is outsourced to an existing or new partner.
We protect the exclusivity of our partners, meaning that we only provide you, as a partner, with our machines in your area.
How do we support our partners?
ByTheWay participates in trade fairs, registers for innovation awards (nominated several times), advertises, sends out mailings, visits road managers, and much more. In this way we actively support acquisition for our partner companies.
KLEISER®-bh: how do we calculate rates?
When we realised back in 2012 that we had invented an efficient and patentable machine with the KLEISER®-bh, we had to find an answer to the issue of how much we should charge for its use.
An hourly rate is unsuitable, because a road manager cannot then estimate how much it will ultimately cost to repair a verge. Furthermore, the contractor would benefit from working slowly, so not the best way to motivate everyone.
In 2013, we decided to start with a rate of € 0.40 per metre. (This was approximately 20% cheaper than it would have cost to repair the verge with a tilting bucket.) However, it turned out that there were major differences between verges (such as type of soil, vegetation, surfacing), which meant that in some places we could easily do 6 km in one day, but in other places only 2 km. As a result, it is not logical to always charge a fixed rate per metre of repaired verge.
For the eggheads: the sum
Question: How can we charge an acceptable rate per metre for an awkward verge, which is automatically discounted for an easier verge?
We arrived at the following solution:
Rate equation T(€/m) = a + b/n, where n is the average number of repaired kilometres of verge per day. After racking our brains, we ended up with: T(€/m) = 0.18 + 0.44/n. At 2 km per day, the rate is then at 0.18 + 0.22 = € 0.40/m and at 4 km per day € 0.29/m. By filling in a simple calculation form (Excel), the rate and the invoice amount can be calculated immediately.
What is the average? On average, we repair nearly 4 km per day, which corresponds to € 0.30 per metre.
Helping each other results in a win-win situation
The advantage of this method of invoicing is that you as road manager can benefit from doing some of our work. On the other hand, we profit from executing your project as efficiently as possible.
For example, if you make sure the grass is mowed, we can work more quickly. The result: you pay a lower rate per metre, and we achieve a higher turnover per day. If we are able to work more quickly, through technical improvements or the experience of our operator for example, you will automatically benefit because we apply a lower rate. Now, that is motivating.
Partners outside the Netherlands
For countries outside the Netherlands, we conclude license agreements with partners who want to exploit the potential of our patents in their country or region. For countries close to the Netherlands, the business model could involve us delivering KLEISER® machinery, and our partners setting up an operating structure analogous to ours in the Netherlands. We can also discuss business models where we rent or sell KLEISER® machinery.
For countries outside Europe, it is also possible to take over one or more patents for the country concerned.