17 Jul 2018
Pictured (L-R): Stagecoach Regional Director for England and Wales; Mike Watson, John Ball, Stageoach in Oxfordshire Service Delivery Director; Paul O'Callaghan, GreenRoad Global Account Manager; Richard York.
Oxfordshire’s Stagecoach bus drivers have, again, beaten 18 Stagecoach regions to retain The Christopher Ball Memorial Award for a fourth consecutive year. The award recognises consistent high levels of professional driving over the previous 12 month period.
The award ceremony is in memory of Christopher Ball, Stagecoach Ecodriver Project Manager who 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.
The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles and uses a traffic-light LED system on the dashboard which gives drivers instant feedback on their driving performance, 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.
Every ‘event’ such as harsh braking or steering is recorded and the system produces a safety score for the driver. To achieve Fleet Elite status drivers must have driven at least 500 hours and had a score of five or under throughout the year.
Forty-five percent of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire drivers were awarded Fleet Elite status and, of those, a further 88 (45%) achieved the ‘Master Fleet Elite’ status for consistently maintaining the highest driving standard for four consecutive years.Stagecoach Depot Managers, GreenRoad Champions and nominated drivers receive The Christopher Ball Memorial Award.
Martin Sutton, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Managing Director, said: “We are committed to always delivering a service that is safe, smooth and fuel efficient. To be recognised for the fourth consecutive year shows the quality of our drivers.
Christopher Ball’s father John was at the ceremony to present the awards and said: “It’s a real testament to the winners in Oxford 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 in Oxfordshire 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.”
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.
Further information about Stagecoach UK Bus can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com