Transport operator uses telematics, monitoring and driver training to reduce its impact on the urban environment and save on fuel costs.
Rotherham Community Transport (RCT) is a community organisation with charitable status, offering demand responsive transport to individuals and groups that are unable to use conventional public transport.
RCT joined the South Yorkshire ECO Stars scheme in June 2011. Following an assessment RCT was awarded an initial overall 2 star rating. This provided a solid foundation on which to build. RCT was issued with a bespoke ‘Road Map’ which contained four key actions. These were roll out of telematics to the entire fleet, upgrade vehicles/retro-fitting exhaust after treatment/auto anti-idling, monitoring or accelerations and braking as well as consideration of driver training and incentives.
Following the combination of interventions recommended by ECO Stars, RCT has seen a reduction in its fuel usage and delivered a 4% increase in MPG. This is as a direct result of the improved driver training and vehicle engineering now in place and can be linked to an associated reduction in overall Particulate Matter emissions of 1.52% and 3.71% reduction in CO2. In areas of poor air quality, fuel efficiency measures such as reduced engine idling, will have a direct benefit on the quality of air at a local level.
RCT was re-assessed in 2017 and had progressed from the initial 2 star rating to 4 stars – proof that ECO Stars can not only help to save fuel and money, but also yield healthy savings towards the environment.
Adrian Parkinson, General Manager, Rotherham Community Transport said: “With the help of ECO Stars, we are proud to have progressed from our initial 2 star rating in 2011 to the 4 star rating we have recently been awarded. We are committed to further reducing our impact on the environment and we believe that ECO Stars can help us achieve this”
Alan West, ECO Stars Field Consultant for South Yorkshire said: “We are delighted to see the benefits RCT has achieved through making small changes. The scheme is open to any size of operator and we would encourage anyone interested in the scheme to make contact”