Lockwood Group upgrades its HQ depot fuelling services.
Fuel storage tanks provided by Ledbury Welding and Engineering (LWE) are a key element in a major upgrade of the depot fuelling facilities at the Lockwood Group’s headquarters in Ambergate, Derbyshire.
The new installation brings all of the HGV fuelling services together under a single stock management system. As well as making better uses of space, the new self-bunded tanks are fully compliant with the latest legislation covering the storage of fuel oils.
Ledbury has supplied a new dual compartment tank providing 90K litres capacity for white diesel. The tank is divided into two equal compartments, allowing sufficient reserve for re-order deliveries of 40K litres – which is a typical tanker load. A second multi product tank has been installed to hold gas oil, Adblue, engine oil and screen wash.
“With an annual fuel spend of more than £2Million, we prefer to be masters of our own destiny, explains Managing Director, Robert Lockwood.
“All our main fleet vehicles are fitted with 600 litre tanks, to minimise the need for external fuelling. Next to wages, fuel is a significant on cost and we have to take fuel consumption very seriously.
“The Lockwood fleet is managed with a telematics tracking service, which helps us to optimise route planning. External fuelling is really a last resort. Clearly it would be counter-productive for vehicles to go out of their way to get fuel.
“Used in conjunction with our fuel management reports, the telematics service enables us to rate individual drivers for ability, style and economy. And this feeds into our training and drivers’ incentive scheme.”
“Monthly league tables are published showing economy performance. The top drivers are rewarded from a bonus fund. As an additional incentive, the driver of the year is allocated the ‘special cab’. This is a full specification unit with all the bells and whistles, which we order with each batch of fleet replacement vehicles.”
Robert Lockwood continues. “A saving of just one mile to the gallon is equivalent to about ten percent, which adds up to a saving on fuel costs of between five or six thousand pounds per year for every vehicle. In my opinion, any competent driver can easily get from 9 mpg to 10 mpg just by driving the vehicle properly and in particular, taking it easy on the accelerator.
“If we can achieve that then the amount we spend on incentive schemes pales into insignificance. And the drivers know that. But we constantly have to remind them about driving style and the benefits of ensuring that the vehicle is properly trimmed. It’s the little details such as correct tyre pressures, tight curtain sides and making sure they are close coupled to reduce wind resistance, that can make up the difference.”
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