Stagecoach drivers strike gold again to be the best

Representatives from Stagecoach in Oxfordshire receiving the Christopher Ball Memorial Award, from left are Richard York from GreenRoad, Mike Watson, Phil Lillywhite, Phil Pointer, Zsolt Noggy, Tim Fuller, Viv Dix, Paul Green, John Ball, George Irvine and Bill Benson

Oxfordshire’s Stagecoach bus drivers have beaten 18 Stagecoach regions to retain The Christopher Ball Memorial Award for a third consecutive year after employees’ demonstrated consistently strong driving performance over the past year.

Christopher Ball, Stagecoach Ecodriver Project Manager, worked tirelessly to roll out the GreenRoad eco-driving technology to Stagecoach’s bus companies across the UK and was a respected and well-liked employee. Following his passing in 2014 the company paid tribute to Christopher with an awards scheme in his memory.

The GreenRoad system is installed on all Stagecoach vehicles and uses a traffic-light LED system on the dashboard which gives drivers instant feedback on their driving manoeuvres, encouraging smoother, safer, and more fuel-efficient driving.

Every ‘event’ such as harsh braking or excessive speed is recorded and the driver produces a score. To achieve fleet elite status drivers must have driven at least 500 hours and had a score of five or under throughout the year.

Almost half (46%) of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire drivers were awarded Fleet Elite status and, of those, more than a fifth (21%) achieved the ‘Super Gold’ badge for consistently maintaining the highest driving standard for four consecutive years.

Martin Sutton, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Managing Director, said: “This is a huge accolade for the team and I am delighted that our drivers’ commitment to delivering safe, smooth and fuel efficient driving for our customers has been recognised again.

“To be awarded as the best for a third consecutive year is a great achievement and I would personally like to thank all of our drivers for their hard work.”

Christopher Ball’s father John was once again involved in presenting the awards. He added: “I would like to congratulate the winners of these awards. It’s a real testament to them that we are awarding the same winners as last year.

“It is good to know that Christopher’s hard work is being continued and he would have been delighted that the GreenRoad system is helping to deliver such high standards of driving across Stagecoach.”

Richard Hemming, GreenRoad Vice President of Customer Success, said: “GreenRoad is delighted to be partnering with Stagecoach again to deliver the Christopher Ball Memorial Awards in 2017. Christopher Ball was an integral person in rolling out GreenRoad within Stagecoach and this creation of a culture of safer driving is now firmly embedded in the Stagecoach business benefitting passengers and employees alike.

“Stagecoach has some of the highest driving standards within GreenRoad’s client portfolio. Congratulations to the winners; the standard to achieve such a win in Stagecoach in 2017 is very high.”

It was revealed earlier this year that Stagecoach bus employees again topped a global eco-driver performance scheme which measures fuel-efficient driving.

More than 4,800 Stagecoach drivers across the UK were awarded Fleet Elite status under the programme managed by GreenRoad.

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