Bus Drivers Top of Class for Fuel Efficiency

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STAT GECOACH in South Wales' employees are among the most fuel-efficient bus drivers in Wales, according to a global eco-driver performance scheme.

Eighty-seven Stagecoach in South Wales drivers, representing nearly 12% of the current driving staff, have been 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. A Using a traffic-light LED system on the dashboard, GreenRoad gives drivers instant feedback on their driving manoeuvres, encouraging smoother, safer, and more fuelefficient driving. Some 15% of Stagecoach's 15,000-strong driving team outside London have achieved the prestigious benchmark - more than any other bus company using the GreenRoad system.

Fleet Elite standard drivers must clock up more than 500 driving hours in a year and must achieve an average of five or fewer events, such as harsh braking or acceleration, per 10 hours of driving over the calendar year.

The GreenRoad system is now installed on all Stagecoach buses and coaches in the group's regional 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% of fuel spend. Even experienced, E professional drivers have the potential to improve their fuel efficiency by 4% with the right guidance.

To date, use of GreenRoad's system and Stagecoach's comprehensive driver training programme has helped deliver a 3% improvement in fuel efficiency across Stagecoach operations in the UK. …