Harrogate Bus Company celebrates elite award

The parent company of Harrogate's biggest bus operator is celebrating after around 200 of its overall team achieved ‘Fleet Elite’ status for their smooth and safe skills behind the wheel.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:10 am
Three proud Transdev winners of ‘Fleet Elite’ status for smooth and safe bus driving - Harrogate’s The 36 driver Miles Body, Dave Precious from the Cityzap York to Leeds express, and Jenny Riley from The Keighley Bus Company.

The award means nearly one in five of the bus firm’s drivers, including Harrogate Bus Company which is famed for its luxury no 36 service and electric bus fleet, has reached high standards set by the globally recognised scheme – with Transdev’s teams achieving the highest rise in award winners in Britain among companies of its size.

Telematics company GreenRoad records driver performance remotely using its Eco Driver equipment installed on every Transdev bus. Its ‘Fleet Elite’ measurement programme is internationally recognised as the bus industry’s gold standard for safe driving.

Transdev’s success is good news for its customers, as safe driving helps the bus operator to deliver a consistently high quality of service and passenger comfort, with fewer accidents and a more reliable service among the key benefits.

The bus firm also makes savings when its GreenRoad scores are kept low by reduced fuel usage, which are passed on by rewarding drivers who reach ‘Fleet Elite’ standards – while lower emissions benefit everyone as combined with the latest engines, smooth driving helps to clear the air in town and city centres.

Transdev Operations Director Vitto Pizzuti said: “I’m delighted at these excellent results achieved by our amazing teams across Yorkshire. GreenRoad rightly sets high standards and our colleagues have certainly risen to the challenge with a 59 per cent rise in the number of our drivers recognised as reaching ‘Fleet Elite’ status.

“As always, our number one priority is safety for our customers, our colleagues and everyone who uses our region’s roads alongside us. With traffic levels now rising with the relaxation of pandemic travel restrictions, it is more important than ever that we deliver consistently high standards behind the wheel every day.

“The benefits of smooth and safe driving can be seen not only among our teams, but also on the roads. Our drivers’ success reflects the thorough standard of training and mentoring they receive as well as their own determination to be among our industry’s best.”

Transdev’s driving teams can check their own performance as monitored by GreenRoad using the company’s in-house mobile app – while each of its drivers who achieve ‘Fleet Elite’ standards receives a message of congratulations, a pin badge and a monetary gift as a thank you from the bus operator

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