EcoDrive kit launched to cut trucking costs

Western Australia launches its EcoDrive resources kit to help trucking operators cut fuel costs and reduce vehicle emissions

May 25, 2011

Western Australia has launched a new resource tool to help transport operators cut their fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion says the CleanRun EcoDrive kit promotes fuel-efficient driving techniques, such as stopping unnecessary vehicle idling.

Freely available, the kit includes a handbook, training package, information sheets, workshop materials and evaluation tools to implement driver behavioral changes at transport depots.

"The difference between the best and the worst driver can mean up to 35 percent difference in fuel economy. Since fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are directly linked, a driver who reduces fuel use by 35 percent can expect a 35 percent reduction in CO2," Marmion says.

The kit was developed by the Department of Environment and Conservation, which ran a successful anti-idling trial with one of Toll IPEC’s West Australian depots in 2008.

Toll IPEC won an environmental award for its efforts and has since expanded the CleanRun program across its fleet.

Following the trial, the Department of Environment and Conservation estimated a company with 80 drivers participating in the program could save $45,000 in diesel per year and reduce carbon emissions by 65 tonnes.

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