Cabbies Mark and Bob drive fuel costs down

Pompey cabbies (left), Mark Weston and Bob Squires who are taking part in the Shell Challenge to save fuel. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (112660-3)
Pompey cabbies (left), Mark Weston and Bob Squires who are taking part in the Shell Challenge to save fuel. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112660-3)
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TWO Portsmouth taxi drivers are on the road to saving cash as part of a bid to find Britain’s most fuel-efficient cabbie.

Bob Squires and Mark Weston have signed up to see if making small changes to how they drive can help them become greener and cheaper motorists.

They have joined the Smarter Cab Drivers campaign launched by petrol giant Shell – and supported by the AA – to help drivers become more fuel efficient.

Over four weeks, the two are using simple driving tips, such as not over-revving and switching the car’s engine off in traffic, to try to reduce fuel costs.

A total of 20 cab drivers from 10 regions monitored how much they save as they travelled around picking up passengers. And after a day in London learning the tricks of the trade, City Wide driver Mark, 53, said it was a fascinating experience.

‘We picked up lots of things that weren’t taught when we were learning to drive,’ he said.

‘I love my job, every day I meet so many different people.

‘The downside is that I have been worried about the cost of diesel, so I need to do everything that I can to keep my costs in check.’

The pair’s efforts have been tracked in real-time on the Smarter Cab Drivers online hub – smartercabdrivers.com – and on the dedicated campaign Twitter feed, @SmarterCabbies, to show the public how easy it can be to become more fuel efficient.

Independent cab driver Bob, 58, said: ‘When you’re self-employed it’s important to keep tabs on where your money is going.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: ‘It’s now more important than ever to cut costs by changing your driving style to reduce fuel consumption.’