Eco-Business driving – Reducing costs for organisations, reducing pollution for everyone.

Barnsley Council and Doncaster MBC have secured funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help improve air quality in the boroughs through the delivery of a free business driver support package.

Vehicle use has a major impact on both air quality and global warming through the emission of multiple air pollutants which are linked to a wide range of respiratory illnesses (WHO, 2019). An improved driving style can have a significantly positive impact on this by reducing the particulates emissions produced by the engine, tyres and brakes. If eco-driving becomes the norm rather than the exception, it has the potential to significantly reduce emissions from road transport (Ecowill, 2013).

The initiative offers both public and private sector organisations based in the Barnsley and Doncaster areas a free support package which includes:

  • ½-day eco-safe driving course for all their drivers.
  • Online fleet management system – to help manage driver and vehicle information
  • Driving Policy review – to ensure your organisation’s compliance with current health and safety legislation
  • Online e-learning modules – to complement the eco-safe driving course


Benefits of the training include:

  • Improved company compliance
  • Reduced fleet running costs
  • Cleaner air for everyone

Councillor Chris Lamb, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transportation said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer this initiative to organisations, as not only will it improve road safety, it will enhance air quality in the targeted areas.”

“This programme complements the fantastic work already being done through Eco-Stars in the region, which helps fleet operators improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and emissions and make cost savings.”

Neil Beeson of e-Driving Solutions, the company delivering the initiative on behalf of the councils, said:

“Modern vehicles have advanced significantly over the last few years, but most drivers use driving techniques that fail to maximise the full saving these new vehicles could deliver. Many organisations spend a great deal on their vehicles but often fail to ensure their drivers are able to maximise the efficiency savings these offer.”

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