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05 Jun 2014
As part of the Stagecoach’s Green Week, which started on Monday (2nd June), it has chosen to reward the top performing ‘eco-driver’ at each of their seven depots in the Midlands with a £50 M & S voucher.
Green Week is dedicated to encouraging its staff, passengers and the wider community to make more environmentally conscious decisions about the way they live.
To help identify the top performing driver at their Kettering depot Stagecoach used its hi-tech eco-driver monitoring system on the dash, which measures the driver’s performance when accelerating, breaking, cornering and idling. The information can then be used to help ensure a smooth, safe and comfortable journey for passengers, as well as reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and wear and tear on the vehicles.
The most eco-friendly driver at the Stagecoach Kettering depot so far this year was Simon Holmes, who has been a bus driver with Stagecoach since February 2006. “I was very surprised to find I had the depot’s best score for my driving. The ‘eco-driver’ system is very good in enabling drivers to cut emissions and drive more safely,” said Simon.
Brian Hadden, Operations Manager for North Northamptonshire, said “Simon had an almost perfect score for his eco-driving over the past six months. He had a lot of competition as there were four other drivers who came very close. The whole depot is striving to do all it can to help the environment and maintaining good ‘eco-driver’ scores are important to them.”
Stagecoach Midlands Managing Director Steve Burd said “Sustainability is at the heart of our business and we are continuing to work hard to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. As a business, we have made good progress on our sustainability strategy over the past five years. Attracting more people out of cars and on to our bus services is also helping reduce the overall carbon emissions from transport.”