TWO THOUSAND employees are helping companies across South Yorkshire to lower fuel costs, improve road safety and reduce the environmental impact of fleet vehicles after taking part in a government-backed business driving scheme.
The Eco-Business Driving Scheme which offers free expert advice, training, and Health and Safety legislation guidance, celebrated the key milestone as the 2,000th driver, from Rotherham-based Roy Hatfield Limited completed the programme.
Roy Hatfield Ltd has been in operation since 1972 supplying heavy industry with essential bulk materials, they also manufacture their own range of decorative concrete products. Last year the company was awarded ‘The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation’ and were the latest local business to sign up, with eight of their drivers benefitting from the scheme.
Sean Brammah, Supervisor from Roy Hatfield Limited, said: “It’s an honour to be the 2,000th member to complete the training. I’ve always considered myself to be a safe driver but the initiative has opened my eyes on how to improve safety, plan ahead as well as reduce my fuel consumption.
“We take a proactive approach to the Health and Safety of our workforce and by taking part in the Eco-Business Driving scheme our company has benefitted by reducing costs, and our staff have become more economically aware and safer drivers.”
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.
Mike Stanley, Senior Road Safety Officer, Sheffield City Council, said: “The Eco-Business Driving programme is designed to raise driver awareness of more efficient driving techniques with an aim to reduce collision rates whilst lowering emissions and improving the local air quality. The scheme is available until March 2016 to companies based in South Yorkshire. I’d encourage any interested business to sign up now.”
For more information about the Inmotion! programme visit inmotion.co.uk