Sunday, 17 April 2016

Stagecoach Green Road

Thousands of Stagecoach employees are among the most fuel-efficient bus drivers in the world, according to a global eco-driver performance scheme.

Nearly 3,000 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.
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 nearly half of the 6,400 drivers from a number of bus operators across 10 countries who met the Fleet Elite standard in 2013.
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 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: “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.

“Stagecoach’s phenomenal success is largely thanks to its focus on developing an exact methodology for the GreenRoad deployment. With well thought through processes and buy-in from all stakeholders, Stagecoach ensured it maximised the opportunity to bring about a lasting change in driver behaviour. For both business and environment, Stagecoach's results demonstrate the value of acting on the insights delivered by GreenRoad” said Andy Cozens, Director of Sales EMEA at GreenRoad.
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.