Swindon bus driver named as one of the greenest in the West


Bus operator Stagecoach West has named a Swindon driver as being one of its top five environmentally friendly employees.

Michael Godfrey, who is based in the Swindon Depot, has been awarded a certificate by Operations Director Rachel Geliamassi.

The Ecodriver system, introduced in 2010, rates bus drivers on their driving, monitoring with acceleration, turning, and braking, in order to help reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Each bus is fitted with a dashboard traffic lights-style system to provide drivers with real-time feedback on their driving style, with drivers being awarded an overall safety score for their driving over the course of the year.

The system is designed to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by encouraging the adoption of green driving behaviour. It has contributed to 30% reduction in stagecoach West’s carbon intensity over the last five years.

Rachel said “I am so proud of our local drivers who have demonstrated excellent eco-driving skills over the last 12 months.  Their smooth driving provides more comfortable journeys for our passengers and helps reduce our carbon footprint. They are all so worthy of this acknowledgment.”

The top five drivers, one for each of Stagecoach West’s depots were:

  •        Nicholas Edward – Cheltenham
  •        David Cox – Gloucester
  •        Andrew Tyler – Ross-on-Wye
  •        Robert Stacey – Stroud
  •        Michael Godfrey – Swindon