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Cash boost for SAFED 'skills' scheme

4th September 2008
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THE DEPARTMENT FOR Transport and Defra have announced financial support of up to 2850,000 from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund to support greener, safer driving techniques for 2,100 truck drivers in the aggregates sector. To benef it from the part-funded programme, operators must devote 50% of their time or mileage to aggregates haulage.

The Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) scheme for HGVs was set up in 2003, and was aimed at encouraging sate and fuelefficient driving techniques. The SAFED Aggregates driver development programme has been very popular over the past two years, assisting some 5,000 truck drivers from within the aggregates sector. Aggregates truck drivers who completed the driver development programme have found they achieved an average 12% improvement in fuel efficiency, and a further 32% reduction in gear changes.

"The SAFED programme is evidence we can all improve our driving techniques. We ask one question: 'Give it a try, what have you got to lose?: says Kevin Taylor. managing director of Liquid Management Solutions, the firm responsible for marketing the programme.

"Since introducing the SAFED programme into our training, we've seen significant changes in driver behaviour. These manifest themselves mainly as improved mpg, but drivers also comment on the reduced stress levels as a result of a more relaxed driving style."

Aggregates sector fleet managers and truck drivers can register by texting the word 'SAFED' to 80010 or by phoning Liquid Management Solutions on 0845 450 7373.

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