Fleet Elite status awarded to 21% of Stagecoach drivers

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Operators GreenRoad telematics systems identifies exceptional performance in North East

More than 4,100 Stagecoach drivers have been awarded Fleet Elite status under a performance programme managed by GreenRoad.

Of the Stagecoach drivers who reached Fleet Elite standard, 278 were from Stagecoach North East.

Over 1,000 of Stagecoach’s Fleet Elite drivers have achieved the Gold badge for consistently maintaining the Fleet Elite driving standard for three consecutive years, with 130 of these from Stagecoach North East.

Stagecoach drivers account for more than half of the 7900 drivers across 10 countries who met the Fleet Elite standard in 2014. Some 21% of Stagecoach’s 19,000-strong UK Bus driving team has achieved the benchmark – more than any other bus company using the GreenRoad system.

Fleet Elite standard drivers must clock up more than 500 driving hours in a year and achieve an average of five or less events, such as harsh braking or acceleration, per 10 hours of driving over the calendar year. In fact, 57 Stagecoach drivers scored zero – a perfect score – during the period.

The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles and uses a dashboard traffic lights-style system to provide instant feedback to drivers to encourage smoother and safer driving.

All employees who meet the Fleet Elite standard receive a special badge in recognition of their achievement. In addition, this year Stagecoach is introducing special awards in honour of former Stagecoach Ecodriver Project Manager Christopher Ball who sadly passed away last year. The Christopher Ball Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the best performing company in Stagecoach UK Bus, with plaques presented to the best depot and best driver. These will be presented in early summer with the winners based on performance over the 2014/5 financial year to April 30, 2015.

Phil Medlicott, Managing Director of Stagecoach North East, said: “For so many of our drivers to have reached Fleet Elite status, with so many at Gold standard, is a great achievement and reflects the hard work and professionalism that our drivers display on a daily basis.

“Smoother, fuel-efficient driving is safer, provides more comfortable journeys for our customers and helps cut our carbon footprint. We are continuing to invest in new vehicles and green technology to attract more people on board our services as well as further reducing the impact of our operations on the environment.”