AN ECO-friendly bus-company that serves Hucknall is going green by using state-of-the-art technology to cut the amount of polluting emissions its vehicles spit into the air.
Trent Barton runs several routes in the town, including the Connect service.
Now it has introduced a new system that is not only environmentally friendly but will also reduce the firm’s fuel bill by tens of thousands of pounds.
The technology has been installed on all the company’s buses and provides drivers with information on how efficiently the vehicles are performing.
Trent Barton’s managing director, Jeff Counsell, explained that the company uses about ten million litres of fuel a year. Every 1p increase on the price of a litre adds an extra £100,000 to its annual fuel-bill.
“Thanks to this innovative technology, drivers can keep a constant eye on the fuel consumption of the vehicle, using a colour-coded monitor in the cab, and they can adjust their driving style accordingly,” he said.
The system has been installed on 330 buses across Trent Barton’s network in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire after successful trials generated significant savings.
Mr Counsell added: “With fuel costs spiralling, we don’t want that to put a heavy burden on fares. At the same time, better fuel-efficiency means reduced exhaust-emissions.
“Furthermore, the system even produces real-time tracking information that will help us better regulate our services.”
The technology has been developed by Nottingham-based Microlise — a company that specialises in transport-management systems.