New technology has reaped rewards for one driver.
Northumberland County Council worker Peter Farrier has been named national Lightfoot Driver of the Week after the GPS data technology showed he was one of the most responsible drivers in the country.
The Lightfoot driver behaviour technology provides direct in-cab feedback through visual and voice prompts to fix driver errors and encourage good driving habits.
It also helps reduce fuel costs, wear and tear on the vehicle, carbon dioxide emissions and accidents.
Paul Jones, director of local services at the council, said: “It is fantastic one of our employees has received national recognition. The safety of the public and of our workforce is of paramount importance to us.
“We’ve been using the technology for three years with very positive results.
“The real-time feedback approach of this technology directly influences and improves driving style.
“Everyone is definitely more aware of their driving.
“We installed the technology into 250 light vans with the aim of achieving a ten per cent fuel saving on our vehicles through more efficient driving and to reduce maintenance costs associated with wear and tear.”
Each week, Lightfoot emails the fleet manager a table showing its drivers’ performance against agreed levels.
Although rare, by highlighting inappropriate driving fleet managers can quickly identify those drivers that would benefit from additional training to get the most efficiency from their vehicle and to reduce the likelihood of avoidable accidents.