26 Jun 19

Arriva to reduce emissions with TomTom

There are a number of links in the CO2 emissions reduction ‘value chain’ in terms of transport. This starts with the public being encouraged to abandon cars in favour of softer forms of transport or public transport systems. And further along the chain, public transport operators are beginning to make efforts to reduce their own emissions.

Where this last point is concerned, the latest move comes from bus operator Arriva, which has just announced that it has signed a contract with TomTom Telematics to install its telematics system on up to 15,000 buses across the UK and nine countries in Mainland Europe.

This latest technology investment – which provides drivers with instant feedback around braking, acceleration and idling – will enable Arriva to reduce fuel use from its bus operations by up to 6% each year and cut CO2 emissions each year by up to 72,000 tonnes. This is the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated by more than 15,000 cars being driven in a year.

The contract will involve the installation of the technology on Arriva’s bus fleets in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK. Arriva businesses in Denmark, Portugal, Serbia and Sweden already deploy telematics on their buses.

Jo Humphries, Arriva Group Transformation Director, said: “This investment in TomTom Telematics is an investment in our drivers. “Every second of every journey, our 32,000 drivers have to make the right decisions to take passengers safely from pick-up to destination. 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.”

Authored by: Tim Harrup