30 Aug 2018
· Christopher Ball Memorial Awards scheme held as a tribute to former employee
· Macduff named best depot for eco-driving performance for third time
· System helps achieve improvement in fuel efficiency across UK bus operations
Stagecoach has recognised its UK Bus eco-driving champions through an annual awards scheme held in tribute to a former employee.
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 2018 winners. The Christopher Ball Memorial Award is awarded to the best performing company in Stagecoach UK Bus, with glass bowls also presented to the best depot and best driver.
Stagecoach North Scotland’s Macduff depot won the top depot award for the third time, while Stagecoach Merseyside driver Graham Judge, from Gillmoss depot, 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.
Overall winner of the award – for the fourth consecutive year - was Stagecoach Oxfordshire for its employees’ consistently strong eco-driving performance over the past year.
Stagecoach Scotland Managing Director Robert Andrew said: “These annual awards are an important way for us to pay tribute to Christopher’s involvement in the introduction of this eco-driving technology at our bus companies.
“Smoother, fuel-efficient driving is safer, provides more comfortable journeys for our customers and helps cut our carbon footprint. Our winners have shown excellent 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 to the winners in Oxford and Macduff that they 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: “We congratulate Stagecoach on its impressive safety record and are proud to partner with them again to deliver this year’s Christopher Ball Memorial Awards. The culture of safety and environmental awareness that Christopher helped create within Stagecoach stands as an inspiration to us and to companies throughout the world. We hope that the winners take pride in their achievements and go on to raise the bar even further in the years ahead. Their accomplishments are a fitting tribute to Christopher Ball and his family.”
It was revealed earlier this year that Stagecoach bus employees again topped a global eco-driver performance scheme which measures fuel-efficient driving.
More than 4,700 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.
Over 2,500 of Stagecoach’s Fleet Elite drivers have achieved the Gold badge for consistently maintaining the Fleet Elite driving standard for three consecutive years. Stagecoach drivers account for almost half of the 9,892 drivers globally who met the Fleet Elite standard in 2017.
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. In fact, 111 Stagecoach drivers scored zero – a perfect score – during the period.
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