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EST replaces Smarter Driving programme with new subsidised Ecodriving scheme

The scheme provides fleets with subsidised ecodriving training directly from driver training companies in a move to open up more opportunities for driver training companies to reach businesses quickly and deliver a number of training programmes through the Ecodriving scheme

All driver training under the new scheme will be delivered by Driver Standards Agency (DSA) registered fleet trainers that have attended and passed the Energy Saving Trust’s Ecodriving “Train-the-Trainer” course.

The new Ecodriving scheme builds on the success of the Smarter Driving programme, which saw an average 15% reduction in fuel consumption on the day of training.

Like the previous scheme, the new programme will follow a format of training eight drivers a day with over 50 minutes each although participating trainers can develop their own specific training programme. 

Bob Saynor, who manages the new Ecodriving scheme at the Energy Saving Trust, said: ‘The new scheme is great for customers as it allows them to choose between many different training programmes. This gives businesses the chance to participate in programmes that best match their needs and requirements as an organisation, for example short-duration focusing purely on efficiency, or longer duration that includes more on safety.

‘Regardless of which driver training programme businesses choose, they can all be reassured that the training meets our high standards and will incorporate many key learnings from our previous Smarter Driving programmes that driver companies can take forward.’

Fleets interested in participating can see a list of applicable companies and their contact details at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/smarterdriving or contact [email protected].

Driver training companies or freelance trainers are invited to participate in the new Ecodriving scheme and should contact [email protected] or call Bob Saynor on 020 7222 0101 for further information.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.