Stagecoach bus drivers lead the way in safe and fuel-efficient driving scheme
Written by Gavin on 18th March 2021
Stagecoach’s bus drivers are leading the way in a prestigious global performance
measurement programme for the fifth consecutive year.
A total of 5,249 Stagecoach drivers – including 130 from South Wales – have been awarded
Fleet Elite status and a special badge, under a comprehensive driving safety measurement
programme managed by GreenRoad, whose safety & telematics system serves professional
drivers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, America, Australia and New Zealand.
14 of Stagecoach South Wales Fleet Elite awardees have achieved the Gold badge and 45
have achieved the Master Fleet Elite status for maintaining the rating for four or more
More Stagecoach employees gained Fleet Elite status than any company in the worldwide
scheme. Every year, Stagecoach invests millions of pounds in training for its professional
team of drivers and in new technology to make its operations even safer.
Stagecoach has recently announced major investment in the GreenRoad system used by its
drivers with the roll out of the country’s first new bridge alert technology.
GreenRoad’s safety technology is used across all of Stagecoach’s buses in England,
Scotland and Wales and has proven to be extremely effective in helping drivers improve
their skills. Using a simple traffic-light-like LED system on the dashboard, GreenRoad gives
drivers instant feedback about their driving manoeuvres, encouraging smoother, safer, and
more fuel-efficient driving.
To gain Fleet Elite status, 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 entire calendar year.
Nigel Winter, Managing Director for Stagecoach in South Wales, said: “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 & CEO, said: “Congratulations to Stagecoach’s
5,249 Stagecoach 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.”