Bus firm el­e­vates its mag­nif­i­cent seven to Fleet Elite Sta­tus

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SEVEN Stage­coach West driv­ers have been re­warded for their per­for­mance be­hind the wheel.

Four driv­ers from the com­pany’s Stroud de­pot have joined two from Chel­tenham and one from Glouces­ter in claim­ing Fleet Elite Sta­tus from Green­road.

Four of the Glouces­ter­shire group achieved Mas­ter Fleet Elite sta­tus, Green­road’s high­est award in recog­ni­tion of four straight years of safe and re­spon­si­ble driv­ing.

Chel­tenham-based Nicholas Evans and Lee Carter, David Cox from Glouces­ter and Stroud-based Robert Stacey re­ceived the top award for achiev­ing the stan­dard for four suc­ces­sive years.

Three other Stroud-based driv­ers – Wil­liam Townsend, Si­mon Fol­lard and Michael Davis – re­ceived gold, sil­ver and bronze awards, re­spec­tively.

The group are part of a 147-strong group of Stage­coach West driv­ers to achieve Fleet Elite sta­tus.

Each driver who passes re­ceives a pin and cer­tifi­cate while fur­ther re­wards are given for each suc­ces­sive year the driver achieves the stan­dard.

To gain Fleet Elite sta­tus each driver is mon­i­tored over a year and must av­er­age five or fewer events – such as hard brak­ing or ac­cel­er­a­tion – for ev­ery 10 hours driv­ing time.

Green­road’s re­search shows driv­ing de­ci­sions are re­spon­si­ble for one third of the fuel spend and all driv­ers can im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency with the right guid­ance. The use of the tech­nol­ogy and the suc­cess of Stage­coach’s driver train­ing pro­gramme has helped achieve a three per cent im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency na­tion­ally.

Ru­pert Cox, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Stage­coach West, said: “I’d like to con­grat­u­late all four of the driv­ers on achiev­ing their Mas­ter Fleet Elite sta­tus, a re­ward for four years of ex­cel­lent work. Also, con­grat­u­la­tions to the other driv­ers from the re­gion who moved to the next rung on the ladder and all 147 in our group who have achieved the sta­tus.”

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