Fuel-efficient driver training program launched

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) have signed a formal agreement to develop a fuel-efficient driver training program that aims to cut carbon emissions by up to 20% and provides financial incentives to drivers and transport companies.


“We have accepted the offer to join EcoStation and develop this learning program to ensure that drivers are properly trained in fuel efficient driving techniques and that they will share in the benefits in terms of fuel savings generated by the program,” Tony Sheldon, national secretary of the TWU, said.


“The program will be developed by a small project advisory group and will aim to establish a pilot program involving various transport companies in the second half of 2010.”


VTA CEO Phil Lovel said: “EcoStation aims to focus on the key issues that influence fuel consumption and minimising carbon emissions, and we have identified driver performance as one of the most important of these key issues.”


The VTA and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria have created the EcoStation emissions-reducing initiative and have put together a range of foundation partners, including the TWU.


EcoStation has been established along the lines of the SmartWay scheme from the US. The pilot scheme is intended to run over 2010 and has 30 of the biggest names in Australian transport and freight movement as partners. The scheme’s partners are meeting regularly to come up with the best ways to reduce emissions and save fuel.


The EcoStation pilot scheme is sponsored by the VTA and EPA Victoria and they plan, along with the foundation partners, to roll this out onto the national stage following the initial pilot phase.


For more information on EcoStation visit www.ecostation.com.au or contact Seth Tenkate at the TWU on (02) 9912 0788, or Philip Lovel AM, chief executive at the VTA on (03) 9646 8590 or 0421 344 442.

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