Wigan Council has cut engine idling by 29% across its mixed fleet of 320 vehicles as part of a collaboration with Michelin Connected Fleet.

The move has led to reduced fuels costs and environmental impact across its range of heavy goods vehicles (HGV), light commercial vehicles (LCV) and cars.

Analysis of data from the on-board telematics system over a 12-month period also shows the technology is improving driver behaviour by lowering the number of harsh driving events. Plus, Michelin Connected Fleet has been able to use the wealth of data it collects to produce custom reports offering advice for maximising vehicle utilisation.

Paul Barton, director for environment at Wigan Council, said: “Our work with Michelin Connected Fleet has helped us to save energy and money by enabling positive behaviour change and also allowed us to target driver training needs.

“The data has enabled us to show how much we can save by reducing engine idling, and it really has changed mindsets and had an impact.”

Commenting on the associated benefits of idling reduction, Barton added: “The savings we are making as a direct result are particularly noticeable across our HGVs and LCVs. Being a local authority, it’s also important we do everything we can to reduce environmental impact and minimise unnecessary spend and, more importantly, emissions.”

Following the initial wave of benefits, Wigan Council is benchmarking the figures recorded by Michelin Connected Fleet’s smart data and personalised performance analysis under efforts to make further improvements.

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