Eco-bus drivers celebrate status

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Stagecoach bus employees have topped a global eco-driver performance scheme which measures fuel-efficient driving.

More than 4,100 Stagecoach drivers have been awarded Fleet Elite status under the programme managed by Green Road, whose telematics system serves professional drivers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, America, Australia and New Zealand.

More than 1,000 of Stagecoach’s Fleet Elite drivers have achieved the gold badge for consistently maintaining the Fleet Elite driving standard for three consecutive years. Eight drivers in Eastbourne have received silver standard.

Using a traffic-light LED system on the dashboard, GreenRoad gives drivers instant feedback on their driving manoeuvres, encouraging smoother, safer, and more fuel-efficient driving.

Stagecoach drivers account for more than half of the 7,900 drivers across 10 countries who met the Fleet Elite standard in 2014.

Some 21 per cent of Stagecoach’s 19,000-strong driving team have achieved the prestigious benchmark – more than any other bus company using the GreenRoad system.

For so many of our drivers to have reached Fleet Elite status is a great achievement and reflects the hard work and professionalism that our drivers display on a daily basis.

Robert Montgomery

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, 57 Stagecoach drivers scored zero – a perfect score – during the period.

The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles at the Group’s bus companies. It uses a dashboard traffic lights-style system to provide instant feedback to drivers to encourage smoother and safer driving.

Research by GreenRoad shows that in extreme cases driving decisions are responsible for up to 33 per cent of fuel spend.

Even experienced, professional drivers have the potential to improve their fuel efficiency four per cent with the right guidance. To date, use of GreenRoad’s system and Stagecoach’s comprehensive driver training programme has helped deliver a 3 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency across Stagecoach operations in the UK.

All employees who meet the Fleet Elite standard receive a special badge in recognition of their achievement.

Robert Montgomery, Stagecoach UK Bus managing director, said, “For so many of our drivers to have reached Fleet Elite status is a great achievement and reflects the hard work and professionalism that our drivers display on a daily basis.”