Bus firm elevates its magnificent seven to Fleet Elite Status
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.”