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ECO Stars scheme launches in Falkirk

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The ECO Stars (Efficient and Cleaner Operations) Fleet Recognition Scheme, helps Falkirk’s HGV, LGV, bus and coach fleet operators gain recognition for their commitment to improving efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and reducing emissions – all helping to improve local air quality.

Industry figures announced their support for the free scheme being run by Falkirk Council for commercial operators of vans, trucks, buses and coaches in the local area.

With no sign-up fee, help through the application process and tailor-made support for each individual company, fleet operators across Central Scotland who serve the Falkirk area are being encouraged to improve the efficiency and environmental cleanliness fleet profile through:

  • Fuel management
  • Developing driver skills
  • Vehicle specification and maintenance
  • Use of IT support systems
  • Fleet performance monitoring

Local operators attended the launch event held at the Falkirk Stadium.  The first member of the scheme was local Grangemouth operator, JW Suckling Transport Ltd who received recognition for their performance along with a further nine inaugural members of the scheme who were present.  The launch was also attended by officers and elected Members from Falkirk Council as well as the Road Haulage Association and the UK ECO Stars Steering Group.

JW Suckling Transport Ltd’s regional business manager, Alex McPhee, said “We’re excited to be the first local member of Falkirk ECO Stars. Being part of the ECO Stars scheme and, in particular, being awarded the top 5-star rating by an independent body, shows our commitment to clean freight operations and continued operational improvement.”

Cllr Dr Craig R Martin, convener of the Environment & Community Safety Committee at Falkirk Council, said: “We want to make Falkirk a greener, cleaner and more sustainable place to live, of which improving air quality is an essential part. With the ECO Stars scheme, we will help to achieve this through offering practical support to vehicle operators, of all sizes, who work in our local area. By providing this free expert advice and sharing best practice, we will be able to reduce emissions such as carbon dioxide and particulate matter (dust). I am grateful to those who have signed up as leaders in their field, and look forward to engaging further with them and to welcome new members in the future.“

The full list of inaugural scheme members is:

  • Falkirk Council fleet
  • JW Suckling
  • Asda
  • John Mitchell (Grangemouth) Ltd
  • R W Sneddon
  • Boots
  • Henry Colbeck
  • Morrisons
  • Roger McDowell Transport
  • Martin-Broyer UK
  • Carntyne Transport
  • REACT Transport
  • Marshalls
     

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