Arriva operates 19,500 buses across 14 European countries, providing essential daily services for people travelling to work or school, accessing leisure activities visiting friends or going shopping. As a leading European passenger transport provider, we work to lessen the impact of passenger transport on the environment, incorporating new technology to help reduce emissions, regulate fuel consumption and explore alternative vehicle designs.
Driver training and the adoption of eco-driving techniques is central to our commitment to reducing fuel consumption. We are developing leading edge products that enable fleet operators to reduce fuel consumption and emissions output.
One of these products, EconoSpeed is a dynamic throttle controller that gives our drivers real-time feedback through a dashboard-mounted LED – running from green to amber to red – that indicates fuel use to adjust their driving style. It does so safely and consistently, replicating the driving style of a careful, economically-aware driver. This technology is supported by a comprehensive training programme so that our drivers learn to adopt a progressive driving style.
Having demonstrated fuel savings of 4 per cent, more than 9,300 of our buses will carry EconoSpeed technology by the end of 2015. Training in eco-driving techniques is now extended across the business, with drivers encouraged to use gentle acceleration and braking, and anticipate changes in traffic conditions to optimise fuel consumption. In addition to fuel savings, reduced vehicle wear and lower emissions, our innovative approach leads to improved driver experience and more comfortable and safer journeys for our customers.