Southwark Council’s fleet has been awarded Public Sector Fleet of the Year (+250 vehicles) and Matthew Trott, the council’s Business Unit Manager - Sustainable Transport, being commended in the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award category at the 2010 GreenFleet awards.
Playing a key role in Southwark Council’s latest awards successes are its 150 new Citroën Ready to Run dual fuel (petrol/LPG) Berlingo and Dispatch vans, which now make up around half of the council’s 320+ LCV fleet.
As Southwark Council operates in the London Congestion Charge zone, the new Citroën dual fuel vans - thanks to their Congestion Charge exemption - are saving the council £170,000 per year.
Southwark Council’s Matthew Trott explains: “Southwark has a multi-award winning reputation for innovative and efficient green fleet operation. We have a continuous improvement process in place to reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint, while also driving down costs and increasing efficiency. Our new Citroëns are already delivering huge annual Congestion Charge cost savings and are also delivering fuel cost efficiencies of some 25 per cent over our previous diesel powered LCV vans. In addition, the council is benefiting from other savings thanks to its policy of downsizing from its previous larger vehicles to smaller, more efficient Dispatch and Berlingo vans.”