Stagecoach employees are leading the way in a global performance scheme, meaning Manchester passengers experience some of the highest quality driving in the UK.
A total of 489 Stagecoach drivers across Greater Manchester have been awarded Fleet Elite status in GreenRoad’s driving safety programme, which measures and encourages safe and fuel-efficient driving.
Fleet Elite standard drivers must clock up more than 500 driving hours in a year and achieve an average of five or less events, such as harsh braking or acceleration, per 10 hours of driving over the calendar year.
Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Managing Director said: “This achievement reflects the thorough training our drivers receive and demonstrates how they’re always looking to improve their own performance for the benefit of our passengers.
“Smoother, fuel-efficient driving is safer for our customers as well as helping to cut our carbon footprint. We will continue to encourage as many employees as possible to meet the required standard and lessen the impact we have on the local environment as a result.
“It also means more comfortable journeys for our passengers, reflected by the independent research published annually by Transport Focus that revealed overall customer satisfaction on Stagecoach Manchester buses at 91% and a 90% satisfaction rating for the safety of the driving.”
GreenRoad’s research shows that driving decisions are responsible for up to 33% of fuel spend, and that even experienced drivers can improve their fuel efficiency with the right guidance. To date, the use of the system, together with the success of Stagecoach’s comprehensive driver training programme, has helped achieve a 3% improvement in its fuel efficiency across operations.