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Fuel Efficiency

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has given to haulage companies on (a) reduction of fuel consumption and (b) increase in energy efficiency. (100081)

Freight Best Practice (FBP) guides, case studies and software are produced and distributed on a range of topics to English operators. Over the last year 82,000 visitors to the website downloaded 92,000 publications. Some 124,000 publications and 150,000 copies of the six monthly newsletter have been distributed. Operators involved in the FBP achieved fuel savings of over 6 per cent.

Under our Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) programme 6,375 truck drivers have been trained and a further 7,500 van drivers and 5,500 truck drivers in the aggregates sector are now benefiting. To achieve long term embedding we are training up to 800 instructors to deliver SAFED training commercially.

The Department funds industry experts to provide ‘Site Specific Advice’ for fleet managers. Potential fuel savings of over 10 per cent. have been previously identified for 600 fleets and a further 400 fleets in the aggregate sector are now receiving similar assistance, with funding from DEFRA.