London cabbies cut fuel by a quarter

Taxi drivers in London can now save around £500 every year on fuel and reduce carbon emissions following special training. The ‘Smarter Driving’ training by Energy Saving Trust was launched […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Taxi drivers in London can now save around £500 every year on fuel and reduce carbon emissions following special training.

The ‘Smarter Driving’ training by Energy Saving Trust was launched in January in a bid to help drivers increase fuel efficiency, with around 456 of them who attended the training achieving an average fuel saving of 24% against an average driver saving 15%.

Bob Saynor, Smarter Driving Programme Manager for the social enterprise said: “The Smarter Driving techniques help drivers anticipate further ahead, drive more smoothly and avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking. It’s great to see cabbies adopt the techniques so readily, as the combined reduction in emissions will contribute to a real difference in air quality in the city.

“The training the drivers have received should help to minimise the impact of pollution this summer and beyond.”

A report in 2009 claimed taxi drivers in London travel an average of 8,000 miles per year, spending around £2,224 on fuel.