Tadea has opened a driver training centre, which offers state-of-the-art driving simulators and accredited training courses, in Washington near Sunderland.
The Effective Transport Solutions centre caters for all types of fleets, including grey fleets, with the simulator-based training covering topics such as fuel efficient driving, electric vehicle familiarisation and driving in adverse weather conditions.
It offers base level simulators which utilise three-screen technology and state-of-the-art simulation software.
There are also higher specification simulators which are housed in BMW Minis, which have with wrap-around projector screens providing a more immersive and even more authentic training experience.
Both types of simulator can switch between internal combustion engine and electric vehicle, maximising the training opportunities available.
The new centre was awarded £114,750 by the Let’s Grow Fund, the Journal and Evening Gazette-led collaboration with BE Group and UNW LLP which provides grant support for capital investment and research and development projects creating or safeguarding jobs in the North East.
Gordon Pattie, centre manager at Tadea’s Effective Transport Solution, said: “Our aims are to reduce accidents and to help businesses cut fuel costs and carbon emissions. It is the only training centre of its kind in the country and this project has the potential to significantly boost both safety and sustainability on our roads.”
Motoring TV personality Quentin Willson (pictured), who attended the launch of the centre, said: “I'm hugely impressed with Tadea's driver education initiatives. This is the sort of programme that should be rolled out across the UK from schools to the workplace. The benefits to society from safer driving and fuel efficiency add up to hundreds of millions.”