Friday, November 22, 2013

News: Businesses urged to save money with driver training

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Businesses across South Yorkshire are being urged to take up the opportunity to reduce costs, lower emissions and drive safer as part of a new government-backed project. 

The Eco-Business Driving scheme, which is part of government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme, is designed to help businesses reduce their vehicle fuel and maintenance costs, and improve general wear and tear and collision rates through driver education and organisational support. 

The project, which is led by Sheffield City Council's Road Safety Team on behalf of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, will provide free training for up to 100 businesses and 4,000 drivers across the region.

The scheme is open to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), larger companies and organisations across South Yorkshire. Participating businesses are assigned a specialist advisor who will develop a tailored Eco-Safe plan. Through group discussions and in-car driving sessions, the plans help businesses to develop policies and practices to minimise costs and maximise safety whilst driving for work. 

Speaking at a launch event for the project at the Holiday Inn in Rotherham, Ian Edwards, director at Eco-Business Driving delivery partner, e-Driving Solutions said: "We've already had a fantastic response from local businesses, and today's event shows just how many local businesses are keen to get involved in the programme. The businesses who attended today will be some of the first to undertake this training, and we're on the lookout for more to get involved in this exciting project." 

Mike Stanley, Senior Road Safety Officer, added: "Today proved to be a great opportunity for us to talk directly to businesses about how they can work smarter and more efficiently as well as helping us to reduce the dangers on our roads." 

The Eco-Business Driving scheme is available to businesses across South Yorkshire through the Inmotion! project which aims to make the journey to work simpler, easier or even healthier.

Eco-Business Driving scheme website

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