Stagecoach has commended its bus drivers for leading the way in the GreenRoad driving safety measurement programme for the fifth consecutive year.
The safety and telematics system monitors driving behaviour and awards drivers for safe manoeuvres and efficient driving. Drivers must achieve an average of five or fewer events (such as harsh braking or acceleration) per 10 hours of driving over a 350 hour minimum period across the calendar year to achieve Fleet Elite status.
This year, 5,249 Stagecoach bus drivers have been awarded Fleet Elite status and some 2,223 have been awarded Master Fleet Elite status for maintaining their rating for four or more consecutive years – an increase of 49 awards from the previous year.
Stagecoach says more of its employees gained the Fleet Elite status than in any other company taking part in the scheme, which covers operators in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, America, Australia and New Zealand.
Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director for Stagecoach, says: “We are very proud that our drivers are once again leading the way in this worldwide scheme, with more drivers than ever before being awarded Fleet Elite status.
“Everything we do begins with safety, and we are continuing to invest millions of pounds in training and new technology to make our bus services even safer. It’s great that this major investment continues to be reflected in the professional standards of our drivers.”
David Ripstein, GreenRoad’s President and CEO, adds: “Congratulations to Stagecoach’s 5,249 Fleet Elite honourees, an exceptional record that reflects Stagecoach’s unwavering focus on safety and environmental responsibility. We are proud to support Stagecoach – day-in and day-out – in pursuing passenger safety, comfort and convenience, and look forward to continued close cooperation and partnership.”