VOSPERS has signed a new three-year deal to use Lightfoot, the in-cab driver efficiency system, across its delivery fleet after a 12-month trial period which produced fuel savings of 12-14%.
Their fleet of 22 vans in Devon and Cornwall make deliveries from three to forty miles, with little motorway in the area and routes consisting mainly of A and country roads crossing varied and hilly terrain.
Vospers Group Parts Director, Bob Foster, said: “We face an annual fuel bill of £150,000 so a consistent monthly saving of 12-14% is extremely good for profitability, which is why we were keen to sign up for three-years with Lightfoot.
“We see fuel as a company asset and it was clear that installing Lightfoot could cut a significant percentage off our annual bill. We also noticed that without the ongoing,real-time visual and audible in-cab reminders provided by Lightfoot the drivers reverted back to driving less efficiently.
“Now 50% of our drivers consistently spend 90% of their time in the green.
“We expect a minimum standard of 80% efficiency so each month, we offer a financial reward to the three drivers who have driven most efficiently.”
Mark Roberts, Managing Director of Ashwoods Lightfoot Ltd, said: “We’re delighted that Vospers has signed up for three-years and the new contract is clear evidence of Lightfoot’s proven effectiveness.”
Vospers first conducted a ‘blind test’ of Lightfoot in 2011. For two-weeks, the in-cab display unit remained switched off so that the management team could gain an accurate picture of the pre-connection driving style across their fleet.
During this phase, their drivers were found to be 50-60% in the green efficiency zone. After two-weeks, the in-cab display units were switched on, indicating to the drivers when they needed to modify their driving style in order to optimise fuel efficiency and all drivers found to be between 83% and 94% in the green efficiency zone.
Vospers is upgrading their Lightfoot units with the new tracking option and Bob Foster added, “The addition of tracking will be really helpful when it comes to keeping customers informed of where their delivery is and when to expect it.”
Mark Roberts concluded, “We launched the tracking option following feedback from customers and we’re pleased that we can now offer a fully integrated system that enables fleet managers to enjoy all the advantages of Lightfoot’s unique time, fuel cost and CO2 saving functionality with the added benefit of being able to conduct real-time tracking of fleet vehicles.”