Stagecoach Drivers Lead the Way in Driving Scheme

Stagecoach Drivers Lead the Way in Driving Scheme
A Stagecoach Manchester Alexander Dennis Enviro400 at Piccadilly Gardens circa 2014.Luke Bowman

Bus passengers who travel with Stagecoach Manchester are being served by some of the safest and most fuel-efficient bus drivers in the UK, after 493 Stagecoach Greater Manchester employees achieved Fleet Elite standard in a worldwide global performance measurement scheme.

GreenRoad’s safety system has been installed on all Stagecoach vehicles throughout the country and has proven to be extremely effective in helping drivers improve their skills. Using a simple traffic-light-like LED system on the dashboard, GreenRoad gives drivers instant feedback about their driving manoeuvres, encouraging smoother, safer, and more fuel-efficient driving.

Fleet Elite standard drivers must rack up more than 500 driving hours in a year and achieve an average of five or less events, which include things such as harsh braking or acceleration, per 10 hours of driving over the calendar year. All employees who met the Fleet Elite standard received a special badge in recognition of their achievement.

Of the 493 Stagecoach Manchester employees, 245 were awarded with the prestigious Master Fleet Elite badge, for maintaining Fleet Elite status for four or more years, and 67 were awarded the gold for achieving three or more years. An additional 67 employees achieved the silver badge and 114 employees were awarded the bronze.

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach managing director said: “Our drivers have achieved the recognition they deserve after putting into practice skills they have learnt on a strong training scheme, to help make our roads safer and help minimise pollution in the local environment. It’s important to us as a business that our customers are provided with a comfortable, smooth, fuel efficient and safe journey, which Fleet Elite helps to ensure all of our drivers deliver.”

Each year, the percentage of GreenRoad drivers who achieve Fleet Elite status worldwide is increasing – a testament to the in-cab feedback that embeds good driving habits and encourages drivers to continually improve. This not only improves road safety, leading to lower insurance premiums and reduced accident-related costs, but also improves fuel economy.

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