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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 Stratford Upon Avon, 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 Stratford depot so far this year was Tom Grant, who has been a bus driver for 12 years. He joined Stagecoach six months ago. “This is the only bus company I have worked for that has the ‘eco-driver’ system fitted to its buses. It helps a great deal to drive in a green and safer way,” Tom said.
Zoe Stilgoe, Assistant Operations Manager at the Stratford Upon Avon depot, said “Tom is relatively new to the depot, but he has fitted in very well. He has taken to the system with great enthusiasm and is consistently one of the best scoring drivers. We are proud of the overall performance of our drivers. The scheme is administered locally in Stratford by Steve Fisher, who works tirelessly to encourage all the drivers to keep their driving as eco-friendly as possible.
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.