Wednesday, November 5, 2014

News: Acorn's eco credentials on the road

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Rotherham's Acorn Industrial Services Ltd has taken advantage of a free scheme to help its drivers to lower fuel costs, improve their road safety and reduce the environmental impact of fleet vehicles.

The growing company moved across the borough to Hellaby last year and supplies bearings, power transmissions and linear systems to a global customer base. With a fleet of delivery vehicles offering a same day delivery service, the company signed up to the government-backed Eco-Business Driving scheme.

Part of South Yorkshire's Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiative, and is delivered locally by Inmotion!, together with Sheffield City Council's Road Safety Team and eDriving Solutions Ltd, the scheme has seen 60 South Yorkshire businesses benefit from expert advice, training, and Health and Safety legislation guidance so far.

Acorn warehouse and delivery worker, David Blackwell, was the 1,000th driver to complete the scheme in South Yorkshire. 

He said: "My manager put me forward for the course. I wasn't sure what to expect at first but I was happy to take part. It was a real eye-opener and I learnt a lot in a short space of time. I improved my miles per gallon from 49 mpg to 56 mpg and to a company of this size that's a significant saving.

"I'd recommend the course to others. The instructors were great – really clear and helpful."

Steve Reid, Eco-Business driving instructor, added: "I've been an instructor for 15 years, and delivering Eco-Business Driving for the past two years. It's a great programme and everyone gets something out of it. The staff from Acorn have been a great group and really participated. Through this programme we're helping them to drive in the best way that they can."

Around 20 businesses came to see what Eco-Business Driving can do for them at an event in Rotherham last month.

Acorn website
Inmotion! website

Images: Inmotion!

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