Banks’ Drivers Taking The Right Road To Fuel Emissions Savings

June 30, 2010 | Community News

An innovative scheme designed to help a north east haulage firm’s drivers use their vehicles in a more environmentally acceptable way is achieving impressive results – and putting extra money into the drivers’ wage packets at the same time.

Banks Brothers Transport, part of the Banks Group, introduced the scheme to get its team of 12 HGV tipper drivers to drive their articulated lorries so that they improved their fuel consumption levels and reduced carbon emissions at the same time.

Before the new initiative started, the team was put through the Volvo Driver Training Scheme to give them information, advice and practical help on driving more economically, and new monitoring systems were fitted in the cabs of all the lorries in the fleet to allow each driver’s fuel consumption and style of driving to be measured accurately.

Bonuses were also introduced for drivers hitting their fuel consumption targets alongside a number of other measures which reinforce the need to drive both efficiently and carefully.

And within a few months, the average miles per gallon rate produced by the fleet has improved by nearly 20 per cent, with most drivers taking home extra cash on a regular basis.

Steven Hanlon, transport manager at Banks Brothers Transport, says: “Driving our lorries in the most environmentally acceptable way possible whilst still hitting our operational targets is a key objective for our business, and this new initiative has made a real difference to how we operate.

“These new driving practices have improved the fuel efficiency of our HGV fleet by over 30% which is an extremely impressive achievement.

“It’s not straightforward to drive their vehicles in the new ways that we’ve asked our drivers to adopt, but they’ve made a strong commitment to being part of the scheme and very much deserve the bonus payments that they’re achieving on a regular basis by doing so.

“There’s been plenty of good natured competition between them about who can get the best results every week, and the results they’re achieving on a consistent basis are testament to how much work they’ve done to make the initiative a success.”

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, adds: “Introducing this scheme backs up the Development With Care approach that we adopt across all our operations, and our commitment to working in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive way through schemes such as this clearly shows the positive commercial impact that responsible business practices can have.”

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