According to an article in GreenBiz.com,  a 499-vehicle strong police fleet in the U.K. used Ecodriving initiatives and driver training to help them reduce their use of fuel.

Of particular interest in the article are two major points.

  1. Although Ecodriving was originally taken on in UK and EU as a means to reduce carbon footprint, the article in question shows that the Humberside Police Force, which engaged in the driver training, did so specifically to save money on decreased fuel usage.
  2. The Humberside Police Force saw the importance of such actions more than a decade ago.

Something else to realize is that the Humberside Police Force uses an interesting array of vehicles that includes some higher horsepower hot rods like the Subaru Impreza WRX STi the Mitsubishi Evo IX, some Lexus IS models and some 3 series BMWs.

Another important array mentioned in the article is the increase in fuel mileage, which can range dramatically from 5% to as high as 30%.

The range is due to a variety of factors that include -

  • Driver “buy in” to the process
  • Incentivisation for the drivers
  • Types of vehicles driven
  • Type of routes driven
  • Types and weights of loads
  • Various job required driving scenarios

The point of all of this though, is that the fleet was able to successfully save money by reducing fuel usage, all on the basis of Ecodriving techniques.

And, as the transport manager of the Humberside Police Force so eloquently stated, “Every penny saved helps to put another bobby (policeman) on the beat.”

Ecodriving – it works.

About Mike Speck

Lead facilitator and Master Ecodriving trainer for Ecodriving Solutions.
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