12 Apr 18

Scottish council saves fuel and emissions with Webfleet

In Scotland, Fife Council has announced that it has saved £189,000 (€ 215,000) on its annual fuel bill by working with employees to encourage a safer, more efficient driving style. Carbon emissions were also substantially reduced in 2017, with CO2 output being cut by 3,400 tonnes compared to the previous year, thanks to a 15% improvement in mpg.

This was achieved through the successful implementation of a driver improvement programme across the Council’s Building Services and Direct Response teams, using the Webfleet Software-as-a-Service fleet management solution from TomTom Telematics.

Performance data provided by Webfleet – which scores drivers based on eight performance indicators, including harsh steering, sudden braking and speeding – is used to identify potential issues, and targeted driver training offered to help employees improve.

Jennifer Thain, Operations Officer at Fife Council, explains: “We have seen our staff become much more motivated to improve their driving style and encouraged to drive with more consideration. As well as cutting fuel consumption, this ultimately reduces wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches”.

Mike McQueen, Transportation Officer at the Council, goes on, explaining the importance of driving style to the service: “Our Demand Responsive Transport service team provides essential transport for the elderly and disabled members of our community, so safe, smooth and comfortable driving is absolutely paramount.  The TomTom Telematics solution has proved very effective at motivating all our staff by providing objective monitoring and recognition of their high driving standards”.

Fife Council runs a fleet of 1,600 vehicles across 13 departments – including car-derived vans, minibuses and large commercial vehicles – providing a vast range of public services, many of which are required to provide emergency or round-the-clock response.  

Using Webfleet, the Council is able to ensure that the most appropriate vehicle can be dispatched 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.

Authored by: Tim Harrup