Public Sewer Services has renewed its contract with driver coaching technology company Lightfoot. 

The sewer and drainage installation, renovation, repair and maintenance company is said to have seen a saving of almost £58,000 on its fuel bill across its fleet of 132 vehicles in the year to December 2022, whilst reducing CO2 emissions by 102 tonnes.

Operating vehicles ranging from Vauxhall Corsa vans to 32 tonne grab trucks, Public Sewer Services is now said to be on target to cut its fleet carbon footprint by more than 510 tonnes over the next five years.

Transport and training manager John Moran said: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. Lightfoot delivers significant fuel savings and carbon reductions through the adoption of a driver-first approach. 

“It engages with our drivers in real time, delivering ‘in-the-moment’ coaching, modifying driving styles for the better, and preventing more costly styles of driving. That reduces harsh acceleration, braking and cornering, resulting in lower emissions, less fuel use, reduced vehicle wear and tear, and fewer road incidents.

“Combined with Lightfoot’s smartphone reward app and driver leagues, we’ve seen a dramatic positive uplift in driver engagement with over 80% of our drivers actively participating. You might say it’s training by stealth, but it really works, and the prizes are a great incentive.

“This, combined with other measures, has contributed towards big drops in accidents and incidents involving our vehicles, which has fallen from one incident or accident once every 34,000 miles in 2017, to one every 79,000 miles today.”

Lightfoot managing director Paul Hollick said: “Public Sewer Services has a clear commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. It is also dedicated to enhancing the safety of its staff. 

“Only recently, the business achieved the Gold Standard for its emissions reductions, and it has also received rewards from its insurer in recognition of its lower levels of accidents and vehicle incidents.

“We’re proud to continue to be a part of their journey. It all goes to show that driver-focused, in-cab coaching and rewards deliver win-win outcomes for drivers, the environment, insurers and fleet operators.”