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Council cuts nearly £190k on annual fleet fuel bill

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Fife Council saved £189,000 on its annual fuel bill last year through the deployment of a driver improvement programme.

Fife Council has saved nearly £190k on its annual fuel costs through its driver improvement programme.

Fife Council has saved nearly £190k on its annual fuel costs through its driver improvement programme.

Run across the council’s Building Services and Direct Response teams, the programme has seen TomTom Telematics’ WEBFLEET solution deployed on the departments’ commercial vehicles, identifying potential driving style issues, with targeted driver training offered to help employees improve where needed.

The resultant 15% improvement in mpg also helped drive carbon emissions savings, with CO2 output being cut by 3,400 tonnes in 2017 compared to the previous year.

And the WEBFLEET technology has enabled the council to provide a more efficient response to public call-outs, dispatching the most appropriate vehicle to each call-out based on estimated journey times, taking into account up-to-date traffic information and historic journey data, rather than just distance from the destination. This helps Fife Council to minimise the time its drivers spend on the road.

Commenting on the benefits, Jennifer Thain, operations officer at Fife Council, explained: “The WEBFLEET system has become highly valued as it means we can now respond to queries relating to our fleet within minutes. As a local authority, we deal with many enquiries from the public. The system can be used to confirm the exact location of our vehicles, and also to defend or confirm any third-party claims against our drivers.

“The technology is also used to locate staff if, for example, they are not answering their phone, helping us to improve employee safety standards.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.