06 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 Rugby 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 Rugby bus depot so far this year was Brian Lambert, who has been a bus driver for two years and came through the Stagecoach training school at Rugby. Brian said “The ‘eco-driver’ system helps a great deal to drive safely and cut emissions. Achieving the top score among the drivers at the depot for the past six months came as a surprise to me, but it gives me a good feeling.”
Richard Hands, Operations Manager at the Rugby depot, said “Out of all our drivers, Brian has consistently achieved the best score and we are delighted to be able to reward him for his efforts. Since the introduction of the ‘eco-driver’ scheme all our drivers at Rugby have really taken the concept on board. By using the traffic light LED system on the dashboard, drivers are given instant feedback on their driving performance, encouraging smoother, safer and more fuel-efficient driving.”
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.