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AquAid cuts fuel bills, emissions and idling time

AquAid has announced the successful implementation of Lightfoot’s in-cab technology within its fleet, leading to increases in fuel economy of over 15%.

Utilising Lightfoot’s driver rewards platform, AquAid reported an 83% fall in instances of over acceleration, a 40% fall in severe breaking, a 38% drop in harsh cornering and a 9% fall in vehicle idling.

Michael O’Donoghue, operations director at AquAid, said: “Having had tracker systems fitted for many years, we noticed the driving style rarely improved across the fleet, no matter what incentive we gave the delivery staff. That was an issue for us as water is heavy, and inefficient driving impacts all areas of the fleet.

“Poor driving leads to additional money spent on brakes, brake discs and other vehicle parts. Add in the cost of down-time when a vehicle is off the road, the cost of hiring a vehicle and insuring it, plus the administration of organising this, and Lightfoot’s driver focussed solution was a no brainer.”

AquAid says Lightfoot’s in-cab device is being widely accepted by drivers and has seen improvements universally.

O’Donoghue said: “Now, drivers actively take pride in their results, striving to be at the top of our inter-office leagues, which show the performance of our drivers weekly, while unlocking competitions to win prizes that reward their smoother driving style.

“We’re seeing savings not only in fuel, but in all aspects of the fleet. Lightfoot’s not just paying for itself, it’s also saving us additional money through reduced vehicle downtime and less wear and tear, protecting the long-term value of the fleet, while reducing our impact on the environment.”

The organisation, which delivers and services water coolers, dispensers and water boilers for over 30,000 customers nationwide, says it is driven by its passion to bring clean drinking water to those most in need; donating over £14 million in recent years to help more than 2 million people globally.

Mark Roberts, founder and chief executive officer at Lightfoot, said: “AquAid’s philanthropic approach to business, helping those in parts of the world affected by a lack of drinking water, demonstrates the bigger picture taken by the business in all its operations.

“Our in-cab technology helps the AquAid stay true to its values by delivering a lower carbon footprint for its fleet, whilst at the same time improving the wellbeing of its drivers through smoother, safer driving.

“Since installing Lightfoot, AquAid’s drivers have transformed their driving style. Elite Driver numbers have leapt from 41% during the blind monitoring phase to 97% today. It’s a win, win result for all concerned.”


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