Cutting costs and environmental impact through changes in driver behaviour

Keeping staff safe, reducing costs, and cutting emissions are key issues for businesses up and down the country and technology is an ever-increasing part of the solution. Peel Ports Group have deployed Lightfoot’s connected car technology in 142 of their fleet vehicles in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, improve safety, and save on maintenance. The results have been substantial.

Peel Ports operate ports in strategic locations across the UK and Ireland with a proud focus on superior service and infrastructure. At the leading edge of transport and handling facilities, Peel Ports work with a global customer-base to ensure the flow of vital goods continues unabated.

“Peel Ports is built on innovation and a desire to constantly improve. We weren’t happy to take our environmental impact as an unchangeable fact and were intrigued by the improvements Lightfoot offered. We found the whole process, from blind trials to installation, to be easy and effective.”

Lance Weissenborn – Head of Group Asset Management

Lightfoot-equipped fleets typically travel long distances in high gears. Peel Ports offered a different proposition, as their vehicles cover short, low-speed journeys in fixed locations. While some fleets use Lightfoot to improve fuel economy and accident rates, Peel Ports have a very different focus.

Idling vehicles produce up to twice as many exhaust emissions as ones in motion, so reducing idle time is essential to improving air quality. Individually, vehicles left idling – especially those consistently driving short journeys at low speeds – can suffer from accelerated ash accumulation in their diesel particulate filters. If left, a clogged DPF quickly turns into a repair job of thousands of pounds.

“Lightfoot has helped to reduce our costs and carbon footprint with simple solutions to complex problems – drivers have a greater awareness of what they do behind the wheel. For what are ultimately small changes in behaviour, they are delivering big results and getting rewarded for it.”

Lance Weissenborn – Head of Group Asset Management

Peel Ports have used a combination of Lightfoot’s driver behaviour technology and integrated Vehicle Management functionality to cut idle time and reduce repair costs. Lightfoot’s Vehicle Management function gives managers real-time data on every aspect of their fleet’s performance and condition including service, tax, and MOT scheduling and vehicle fault alerts.

Drivers are reminded by Lightfoot in-cab to not leave engines running. This alone has produced an immediate and sustained reduction in vehicle idle time.

By opting-in to Lightfoot’s Vehicle Management functionality, Peel Ports also have a direct line to each vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system, receiving alerts to any faults – regardless of whether they produce a dashboard warning light. Managers are able to measure the health of each vehicle’s DPF in real-time, allowing preventative measures to be put in place as soon as a build-up begins.

Rather than paying for expensive repairs, managers can simply ask drivers to take their vehicle out and drive at over 40mph for a short while, which clears any DPF blockage, keeping the vehicle in action. A quick trip on the motorway vs. thousands of pounds in repairs – what would you choose?

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