Thousands of Stagecoach employees are among the most fuel-efficient bus drivers in the world, according to a global eco-driver performance scheme.
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.
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 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 now installed on all Stagecoach vehicles at
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,
professional drivers have the potential to improve their fuel efficiency
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
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: “The
thousands of drivers across our team who have achieved global Fleet
Elite status should be rightly proud of their achievement.
“Smoother, fuel-efficient driving is safer, provides more comfortable
journeys for our customers and helps cut our carbon footprint. We are
also investing millions of pounds a year in the quality of our bus fleet
and improvements to customer service to attract more people back on
board the bus.”
Stagecoach has also supported its multi-million-pound investment in
the GreenRoad technology with a dedicated annual driver bonus pot of
around £900,000. Employees can earn ‘green points’ for greener driving,
which is converted into a cash bonus.
Earlier this month, Stagecoach announced a major boost for British
manufacturing when it unveiled record orders worth over £100million for
nearly 570 new greener buses and coaches.
Stagecoach has placed £545m of orders for new buses and coaches for
its regional bus operations in the UK in the last seven years. The Group
has also ordered more than £100million of new vehicles for its London
bus operations since buying the business in 2010.