Stagecoach top the league table in eco-driving

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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 GreenRoad, whose telematics system serves professional drivers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, America, Australia and New Zealand.

Of the Stagecoach drivers who reached Fleet Elite standard, 112 were from Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire

Over 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.

Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire have 67 Gold standard drivers, 23 from Carlisle, six from Kendal, 21 from Lancaster and 17 from West Cumbria.

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.

Some 21 per cent of Stagecoach’s 19,000-strong UK Bus driving team 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 achieve an average of five or less events, such as harsh braking or acceleration, per 10 hours of driving over the calendar year.

The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles.

Nigel Winter, managing director of Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire, 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.

“Smoother, fuel-efficient driving is safer, and provides more comfortable journeys for our customers.”