Edgar's Water cuts fuel bills and idling time

Edgars Waters van and driver

Edgar's Water says it is reaping the rewards after installing Lightfoot’s in-cab technology across its fleet of 60 vans.

Using Lightfoot’s driver rewards platform, fuel bills at Edgar's Water have fallen, with an MPG uplift of 6.3%, while the company has also seen a fall in vehicle idling of 4% and an end to instances of poor or dangerous driving.

The organisation, which delivers water to offices throughout the UK, brought Lightfoot onboard to meet its commitment to staff wellbeing at the same time as reducing its carbon footprint and production of harmful particulates linked to NOx.

Combined with Lightfoot’s real time driver guidance, Lightfoot has cut emissions across Edgar's Water fleet by in excess of 6%.

Commenting on the difference Lightfoot has made to the way in which its drivers use their vehicles, Josh Burgess, group distribution manager at Edgar's Water, said: “Running a fleet of over 60 vehicles has its challenges. Keeping track of drivers is the simple element. Tracking and changing driver behaviour is where the serious management of our fleet takes place, and that’s where Lightfoot has been transformational.

“Thanks to Lightfoot, our drivers can see the positive change in their driver behaviour through the on-board assistance and verbal feedback that the device provides, including end of journey scores.

“Combined with the Lightfoot rewards package and our own inter-league, which runs between our Shoreham, Marden, Hook and fleet sites, we have seen positive competition and a lift in our Elite Driver numbers, up from 16% - observed during the blind monitoring phase – to 95%.

“The results are undeniable and excellent. Our driver performance has improved hugely with a 100% reduction in dangerous driving.

“Added to fuel savings of 6.3%, Lightfoot has more than proven itself, creating a new breed of smoother, more mindful drivers virtually overnight.”

The company’s next step is to install Lightfoot into the remainder of the fleet, bringing the total number of vehicles fitted with the in-cab device, to in excess of 75.”

Martin Kadhim, Lightfoot director, said: “Our in-cab technology helps the business stay true to its values, improving the wellbeing of its drivers at the same time as saving money on fuel, wear and tear, and repairs caused by accidents. It’s a win, win outcome for all concerned.”

Karen White, fleet underwriter at Allianz Insurance, which provides insurance for Edgar's Water, continued: “Allianz have worked with Lightfoot for over four years now. It’s great to see another client benefit from increased efficiency and safer driving through their driver reward technology.”

Lightfoot’s pocket-sized dashboard display device uses live engine data to provide real-time visual and audible feedback to drivers.

Lightfoot provides drivers with an app, giving users full insight into their performance and score, alongside access to exclusive competitions which drivers can opt in to enter as soon as they achieve Lightfoot’s ‘Elite Driver’ standard.

In addition to the cash-prize Drivers’ Lottery, drivers can enter leagues for a range of other rewards that serve as an incentive to maintain a smoother driving style.

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