26 Jul 2019
Christopher Ball, Stagecoach Ecodriver Project Manager, sadly passed away in 2014. Christopher was instrumental in introducing the GreenRoad eco-driving technology to Stagecoach’s bus companies across the UK and was a respected and well-liked employee.
As a tribute to Christopher, an awards scheme in his memory was introduced in 2015 and the company has recently awarded the 2019 winners. The Christopher Ball Memorial Awards are awarded to the best performing eco-driving company, depot and individual within Stagecoach UK Bus.
Overall winner of the award – for the fifth consecutive year - was Stagecoach Oxfordshire for its employees’ consistently strong eco-driving performance over the past year.
Stagecoach Merseyside driver Dave Birch, from Birkenhead depot – who is also a previous winner - was named top performing driver for the past 12 months.
The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles at the Group's bus companies. Using a traffic-light LED system on the dashboard, the system gives drivers instant feedback on their driving manoeuvres, encouraging smoother, safer, and more fuel-efficient driving.
To date, use of GreenRoad’s system and Stagecoach’s comprehensive driver training programme has helped deliver a significant improvement in fuel efficiency and reduction in CO2 emissions across Stagecoach operations in the UK.
Stagecoach Regional Director for Scotland and Wales, Robert Andrew said: “We are grateful to be able to pay tribute to Christopher and his involvement in the introduction of this eco-driving technology at our bus companies, through these important awards.
“Smoother, fuel-efficient driving is safer, provides more comfortable journeys for our customers and helps cut our carbon footprint. Our winners have shown excellent, consistent eco-driving performance over the past year and I would like to congratulate them all.”
Christopher Ball’s father John, who was involved in presenting the awards, added: “It’s a real testament that these winners have continued to lead the way over the past few years. I’d like to congratulate all of the winners again this year. It means a lot to our family to know that Christopher's hard work is being continued and he would have been delighted that the GreenRoad system is helping to deliver such high standards of driving across Stagecoach."
Richard Hemming, GreenRoad Vice President of Customer Success, commented: “Year after year, Stagecoach tops its own previous record, demonstrating the power of its determination and focus. We are proud of the role that GreenRoad has played in helping Stagecoach create a culture of safety and environmental awareness, continuing with the inspiring legacy left by Christopher Ball. We hope this year’s winners take pride in their achievements, and look forward to helping Stagecoach reach for even higher future goals.”
It was revealed earlier this year that Stagecoach bus employees again topped a global eco-driver performance scheme which measures fuel-efficient driving.
Almost 4,500 Stagecoach drivers were awarded Fleet Elite status under the programme managed by GreenRoad, whose telematics system serves professional drivers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, America, Australia and New Zealand.
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.