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ECOlogical test improves driver skills, reduces fuel consumption

ECOlogical van test: CPC awarded

Benefit from improved mpg, lower operating costs

AN ECOlogical driving test, establishing a driver’s fuel ECOnomy and crash avoidance skills, has been launched in Britain and Ireland.

The voluntary 90-minute test provides a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) – the latter is now mandatory for all drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, including vans.

The developers of the test says it is the the first-ever ‘cash-saving at the wheel’ qualification. It is aimed directly at professional van drivers.

Costing £160 the Eco-Advanced Driving Test aims to save van operators and business van managers by instructing drivers to:

  • Cut fuel consumption to at least 15% below the vehicle’s official average;
  • Reduce damage incident risks and vehicle wear and tear by up to 60%;
  • Provide vehicle insurance discounts up to the maximum allowable.

The creators of the test say Eco-qualified drivers will be attractive to employers keen to minimise business vehicle running costs.

The test cost “will be amortised in weeks to then be permanently profitable for all successful candidates”, claims test creators the UK’s Approved Driving Instructors National Joint Council and Driver Education Research Foundation (DERF).

Professor Peter Russell, DERF director, adds: “Successful candidates will be the top 10% of Britain’s business van drivers.”

Further information

To book a driver on an EcoTest, business van managers should call Professor Peter Russell on 02380 582480. An examiner will be sent to the candidate. From January 4 the UK-wide network of EcoTest examiners will have a London HQ. Call: 0844 257 2300.

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