Public Sewer Services reduces emissions and fuel bills with Lightfoot

Public Sewer Services

Public Sewer Services has saved £58,000 on fuel in the last year and reduced its CO2 emissions by 102 tonnes, using Lightfoot.

The sewer and drainage installation, renovation, repair and maintenance company has renewed its contract with the driver coaching and telematics firm as a result of the savings.

Providing real-time, in-cab coaching, and rewards for better driving, Lightfoot encourages more efficient driving and reduces idling. In trials Lightfoot was shown to improve mpg by 15.5%, at the same time as reducing vehicle idling by 29%. Lightfoot also helped to cut fleet emissions by more than 15%.

Public Sewer Services operates a fleet of 132 vehicles ranging from Vauxhall Corsa vans to 32 tonne grab trucks. The company is now on target to cut its fleet carbon footprint by more than 510 tonnes over the next five years; equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by boiling 12.9 million kettles of water.

John Moran, transport and training manager for Public Sewer Services, said: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. Lightfoot delivers significant fuel savings and carbon reductions through the adoption of a driver first approach. It engages with our drivers in real time, delivering ‘in-the-moment’ coaching, modifying driving styles for the better, and preventing more costly styles of driving. That reduces harsh acceleration, braking and cornering, resulting in lower emissions, less fuel use, reduced vehicle wear and tear, and fewer road incidents.

“Combined with Lightfoot’s smartphone reward app and driver leagues, we’ve seen a dramatic positive uplift in driver engagement with over 80% of our drivers actively participating. You might say it’s training by stealth, but it really works, and the prizes are a great incentive.”

Alongside reductions in fuel use and emissions, the company has also reduced its accident rate. Since installing Lightfoot, the company has gone from one incident or accident once every 34,000 miles in 2017, to one every 79,000 miles today.

Paul Hollick, managing director of Lightfoot, added: “Public Sewer Services has a clear commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. It is also dedicated to enhancing the safety of its staff. Only recently, the business achieved the Gold Standard for its emissions reductions, and it has also received rewards from its insurer in recognition of its lower levels of accidents and vehicle incidents.

“We’re proud to continue to be a part of their journey. It all goes to show that driver-focused, in-cab coaching and rewards deliver win-win outcomes for drivers, the environment, insurers and fleet operators. Together, we’re helping to cut fuel usage, and emissions, saving the planet one mile at a time.” 

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