Arriva has agreed a new pan-European contract with TomTom Telematics, now a Bridgestone company, which it claims will help it reduce CO2e emissions [CO2 equivalent] by up to 72,000 tonnes a year. Access to real-time data, combined with driver training, will support more than 32,000 bus drivers to deliver more comfortable and environmentally efficient journeys for passengers.
Arriva says it is committed to reducing the global impacts of travel, improving air quality in congested towns and cities, and minimising its own environmental impacts as a business. This latest technology investment should reduce fuel use from its bus operations by up to 6 per cent a year and cut CO2 emissions each year by up to 72,000 tonnes, the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated by more than 15,000 cars being driven in a year.
“Every second of every journey, our 32,000 drivers have to make the right decisions to take passengers safely from pick-up to destination,” says Jo Humphries, Arriva group transformation director. “When supported by regular coaching and training, our drivers will be equipped to drive the best they can. In doing so they can provide even safer and more comfortable journeys for passengers and reduce fuel usage to deliver substantive reductions in CO2 emissions.”
Thomas Schmidt, managing director, TomTom Telematics, adds: “Our fleet management solution, WebFleet, gives Arriva powerful insights into areas for improvement across its extensive network. For instance, it highlights inefficiencies affecting the amount of fuel usage in a day.
“We are delighted that our innovative telematics technology will continue to help Arriva fulfil its long-term environmental and operational goals.”
The contract will support the installation of the technology on Arriva’s fleet in Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.