Published: 12/04/2017 15:53 - Updated: 12/04/2017 15:58

Highand drivers take the golden green-road

Stagecoach leads the way on the green road
Stagecoach leads the way on the green road

Highland and north Scotland Stagecoach employees are leading the way in a global performance scheme which measures safe and fuel-efficient driving.

On Wednesday (April 12) the company announced that 175 drivers had been awarded Fleet Elite status under the programme managed by GreenRoad, whose telematics system serves professional drivers across the world.

Almost half of the 175 Stagecoach Fleet Elite drivers across North Scotland have achieved the Gold badge for consistently maintaining the Fleet Elite safe and fuel-efficient driving standard for three consecutive years.

Inverness secured the most drivers obtaining overall Fleet Elite status within the Highlands.

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.

Across the business, Stagecoach drivers account for almost half of the 9930 drivers globally who met the Fleet Elite standard in 2016. More Stagecoach employees gained Fleet Elite status than any other bus operator – or other company on the scheme – in the UK and worldwide.

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

The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles across North Scotland and the wider group. It uses a dashboard traffic lights-style system to provide instant feedback to drivers to encourage smoother and safer driving.

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

Mark Whitelocks, managing director for Stagecoach North Scotland, said: "The figures truly speak for themselves and all drivers recognised in the Fleet Elite programme should be immensely proud, as I am, of their achievements.

Fuel efficient driving plays a huge part in optimising the comfort and safety of our passengers, as well as lowering our carbon footprint and I am delighted that these drivers have been recognised for their contribution both to our business and our passengers."

Stagecoach has also supported its multi-million-pound investment in the GreenRoad technology with a dedicated annual driver bonus pot: employees can earn ‘green points’ for greener driving, which is converted into a cash bonus. In 2016, around £1.1million of bonus payments were made to Stagecoach drivers.

Stagecoach has invested £1billion over the past 10 years in brand new vehicles for local communities across the UK.

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