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Lightfoot develops new solution to identify vehicle faults

Lightfoot has launched a new Vehicle Management package that works alongside its driving technology and rewards platform to help identify vehicle faults.

Lightfoot fleet account manager Ellie Bacon with the new Vehicle Management app on her phone.

Lightfoot fleet account manager Ellie Bacon with the new Vehicle Management app on her phone.

Developed to help fleets keep on top of vehicle maintenance, the all-new Vehicle Management package comprises two main elements, one of which being a live, automatically updated oversight of service, tax and MOT expiry dates. This is accessible both by drivers and managers through the portal and it allows for quick and easy scheduling, which reduces administration time and increases fleet efficiency.

The Vehicle Management package also uses Lightfoot’s connected vehicle functionality to automatically monitor and detect any vehicle faults. Using the Lightfoot portal, it alerts the driver and manager to any issues that have been logged in the vehicle’s onboard computers, including faults that might not have generated a fault light on the vehicle dashboard. More importantly, it advises the user about the nature of the fault. This helps to catch issues early, reducing the need for vehicle downtime for detecting and diagnosing faults, which tends to be time-consuming and expensive for fleets.

This new package will take pressure off management by monitoring all aspects of vehicle maintenance, which will further improve safety and reduce downtime.

UK florist Flower Station has become the first business to adopt the new Vehicle Management solution.

The firm, which operates in London, has opted for the full Lightfoot package, which includes GPS tracking, Driver Perks and Vehicle Management, in a move to reduce fuel costs and improve driver safety.

Karl Bradley, logistics coordinator at Flower Station, commented: “Flower Station is pleased to be the first to adopt this new package and to be working with Lightfoot to create smoother drivers. We will be able to quickly and easily monitor the health of our vehicle fleet and ensure that we remain at maximum efficiency.”

Dan Regan, head of innovation at Lightfoot, added: “Our development team have worked hard to finalise and release this new feature, so it’s great to see it out there making a real difference for our customers in further improving safety and reducing downtime. I know the team are looking forward to rolling out Vehicle Management to many other fleets over the coming weeks.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.