South Cambridgeshire District Council sent employees on Smarter Driver Training with the Energy Saving Trust and encouraged its councillors to attend too.
Cerise Bradford, performance manager at South Cambridgeshire District Council, says: “Drivers were nervous about the course and sceptical as to the claims made about fuel savings averaging 15%. “But they took the instructors’ advice on board and the feedback was superb, with drivers saying they learned a lot, particularly about looking further along the road to anticipate what’s ahead. The challenge facing fleets is how to make sure the training is implemented into the driver’s normal working life.”
The Council is now making fuel savings averaging 18%, allowing more to be spent on key services for local residents at a time when budgets are being cut and fuel prices increasing.