Bus drivers given award for being eco-friendly

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TOP bus drivers have been handed awards for being green on the road.

Fifteen drivers at First Solent were presented with a GreenRoad Fleet Elite Award for reducing their carbon footprint.

Waldemar Sikora, based at the Hoeford depot in Fareham, was one of the winners.

The 53-year-old, from Gosport, has been a driver for 10 years.

He said: ‘I’m really pleased to have received the award and very proud to have finished so high in the rankings among all the drivers who took part.

‘It’s important to me that my customers have a safe and a smooth trip.

‘Since First introduced DriveGreen a few years ago it has certainly helped me improve my driving skills – I’ve even had customers compliment me on how smooth their journey is.’

The scheme is monitored by a traffic light-style system fitted to bus dashboards on each of First’s buses. It measures how well each person drives.

It stays green if driving is at low risk, or flashes amber or red at heavy braking and rapid acceleration.

Marc Reddy, managing director, First Hampshire Dorset and Berkshire, presented Waldemar with his award.

He said: ‘Our drivers have embraced our ground-breaking DriveGreen technology and as a result, we are providing customers with better, safer, more comfortable journeys and reducing our carbon footprint.’