ECO Stars, the government-backed green fleet recognition scheme in Mid Devon, has expanded to include taxi and private hire vehicle operators.
The scheme allows them to gain recognition for their part in improving local air quality through running their fleet efficiently.
Parkway Taxis is the first taxi operator to sign up to the scheme.
Simon Trevelyan, business manager at Parkway Taxis, said: “Being part of the ECO Stars scheme means we can show others how we manage our fuel consumption and gain recognition for cutting carbon dioxide in our local area.”
The scheme is free to join and it is claimed that operators could save up to £330 per vehicle by improving environmental performance and cutting fuel consumption.
Key to the ECO Stars scheme is the bespoke ‘road map’ action plan developed for each new member to help them progress to higher ratings levels.
The ‘road map’ is a free efficiency review of each business undertaken by taxi and private hire fleet specialists on joining the scheme.
Commenting on the scheme Lord de Mauley, parliamentary under-secretary for waste management and recycling at Defra, said: “We want to keep improving the air quality and reduce the impact it can have on human health and the environment.
“Local authorities are key to doing this and I congratulate Mid Devon District Council on introducing the ECO Stars scheme as part of its work in tackling emissions and improving local air quality.”
Paul Williams, head of environmental services at Mid Devon District Council added: “Local enhancement will work further to develop the ECO Stars scheme and maximise the potential for harder to reach, local fleet operators with fewer vehicles in Mid Devon to join.”