Tuesday, March 18, 2014

News: More businesses benefit from sustainable transport

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More businesses are signing up to initiatives in order to make better, more sustainable journeys across South Yorkshire.

Delivered by Inmotion!, a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, a number of initiatives are being funded as part of the government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme.

The free Eco-Business Driving scheme, 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.

Ten drivers from Prospect Training Limited, a private training company based in Mexborough, recently participated in a one hour classroom session, followed by two hour in-car group driving lessons where they were taught techniques to drive more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption.

Tom Proctor, business development manager at Prospect Training Limited, said: "There has never been a better time for our business to benefit from learning to drive more efficiently. Eco-Business Driving helped us to develop our health and safety policies and we've implemented various control measures to improve our procedures.

"Our company has benefited from fuel cost savings and our employees have also seen a difference by adopting the driving techniques. The best part is that the scheme is completely free."

Airmaster, a heating and air conditioning company based at Swallownest, recently became the county's 75th member of the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme. Originally established in South Yorkshire in 2009, the scheme encourages businesses that operate heavy vehicles – including LGVs, HGVs, buses and coaches – to improve driving efficiency, and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, by awarding them with a Star rating based on an assessment of how "green" their fleet is.

Lisa Pogson, director of Airmaster (pictured, right), said: "We were first introduced to the scheme through discussions with the team from Inmotion! We were looking at ways that we could continue to make improvements to our fleet operations and do things in a more sustainable way.

"We are very committed to boosting our businesses performance as well as lowering our carbon emissions and impact on the local environment. ECO Stars has been invaluable to this process. We've learnt a lot already, and are extremely proud to become the 75th member of the scheme in South Yorkshire."

In 2012 South Yorkshire ITA were successful in securing over £24m from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for a programme of delivery from 2012/13 to 2014/15. The SYPTE is currently working on a proposal to secure a further £4.8m for 2015/16.

Inmotion! website

Images: Inmotion!

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