Greenest Manchester Drivers Receive Top Performance Award

Greenest Manchester Drivers Receive Top Performance Award
Fleet Elite Award winners Neil Fitzpatrick (left) and Scott Mackenzie (right) First Manchester

The best and greenest bus drivers at First Manchester have received a special commendation for their top driving performance.

Seventy-five of First Manchester’s 1,500 bus drivers have been presented with the ‘GreenRoad Fleet Elite Award’, designed to reward and recognise the company’s greenest drivers on the road.

All First Bus drivers are measured on their ‘DriveGreen’ performance – First’s unique system designed to provide customers with a safer, smoother journey, whilst also helping reduce the company’s fuel consumption.

A DriveGreen ‘traffic light’ monitor is fitted to vehicle dashboards on every First Bus vehicle, which helps show the driver how well he/she is driving. The monitor displays a static green light if the driver is driving at low risk, or flashes amber or red if a bus driver carries out an unwanted driving manoeuvre such as heavy braking or rapid acceleration. Points are given for each event and the fewer points a driver has, the better their DriveGreen score is.

First Manchester bus driver, Scott Mackenzie, was one of the seventy-five drivers to receive the ‘GreenRoad Fleet Elite Award’. The 48-year-old from Oldham has been a driver for nearly 30 years and said: “I’m really pleased to have received the award. It’s important to me that my customers have a safe and a smooth trip.

“Since First Bus introduced DriveGreen a few years ago it has certainly helped me improve my driving skills – I’ve even had customers compliment me on how smooth their journey is.”

Adrian Worsfold, Director of Operations at First Manchester, said: “Our drivers have embraced our groundbreaking DriveGreen technology and as a result are providing customers with better, safer, more comfortable journeys and reducing our carbon footprint. I’m very proud that so many of our drivers have earned the Fleet Elite Award – it’s a very tough distinction to earn.”

Dougie Portwood, Global Change Manager with GreenRoad, (DriveGreen suppliers), said: “We would like to congratulate all First Manchester drivers who achieved GreenRoad Fleet Elite awards in 2015. First Bus continues to be a top safety performer with some of the tightest thresholds for safety events in our marketplace so attaining Fleet Elite status again this year is a major achievement. We are proud to support First Bus by helping drivers continuously improve their driving standards, creating a safer, greener and more comfortable experience for First Bus customers.”

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  • Andrew Bott
    30th June 2016, 9:30 pm

    2 drivers who I know very well, both are friends of mine and deserve the award very much and both are good assets to Oldham Depot

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