Peter is picked as top driver

New technology that has been installed in Northumberland County Council’s fleet of vans to encourage careful and considerate driving has reaped rewards for one responsible driver who has been awarded the national Lightfoot Driver of the Week.

Northumberland County Council worker Peter Farrier has received the accolade after GPS  data 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 such as smooth acceleration and braking and keeping within all speed limits. It also helps reduce fuel costs, wear and tear on the vehicle, carbon dioxide emissions and accidents.

Paul Jones, director of local services at Northumberland County Council said: “It is fantastic that one of our employees has received national recognition and reward for his responsible driving.

“The safety of the public and of our workforce is of paramount importance to us. Our drivers are equipped with modern vehicles, plant and equipment to enable them to deliver effective front line services.

“We’ve been using the Lightfoot driver behaviour 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 10 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  so he can see at a glance how the drivers are performing.

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.
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