A free green driving scheme for South Yorkshire businesses has celebrated a key milestone, with the 1,000th driver completing the programme.
The achievement was marked with a certificate of recognition presented to an employee from Rotherham-based company, Acorn Industrial Services Ltd.
Acorn, which supplies a wide range of bearing and power transmission products, signed up to the government-backed Eco-Business Driving scheme to help it’s drivers to lower fuel costs, improve their road safety and reduce the environmental impact of fleet vehicles.
Eco-Business Driving forms 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. It 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.”
Eco-Business Driving Instructor, Steve Reid, said: “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.”
The Eco-Business Driving programme is available to companies based in South Yorkshire. For more information about the Inmotion! programme visit inmotion.co.uk