fuel emissions & air quality policy
This policy sets out our arrangements to ensure we adequately monitor and reduce fuel consumption and to reduce our environmental impact. To assist with the implementation of this policy we have appointed a fuel champion as detailed in our FORS Manual.
We will comply with all applicable environmental regulations and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard.
With all tasks we will ensure we use the correct vehicle and fuel type for the transport task being undertaken.
Fuel data is collected and monitored with use of AdBlue and other measures to reduce emissions considered as appropriate.
Overall fuel use is logged and monitored including details of diesel to AdBlue ratio.
All drivers are given training in the prevention of spillages and action to be taken in the event of a spillage.
Fuel Efficient Driving and Reduction of Engine Idling
Driving style can have a significant impact on fuel efficiency as can avoiding engine-idling wherever possible. Fuel efficient driving techniques include;
Looking well ahead and anticipating slows or stops to try to keep the vehicle moving and avoiding unnecessary gear changes
Fuel used is proportional to the speed your vehicle is travelling. A 5% reduction in fuel consumption can be achieved simply by reducing your speed from 56 to 50 mph
Using the momentum of the vehicle will save fuel
Harsh braking uses more fuel and requires ad can increase the number of fuel-inefficient gear changes
Use of constant speeds on motorways and dual carriageways will lead to fewer gear changes
Correctly inflated tyres offer less resistance on the road, improving fuel economy, giving greater stability and reducing the risk of accidents
Routing and Scheduling
When planning a journey consideration should be given to selecting the safest and most efficient route avoiding congestion hot-spots and also minimising the potential for interaction with vulnerable road users. Routing should take into account drivers hours regulations, weather conditions, driver fatigue and light levels.