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First Aberdeen's Sandra Cordiner named FirstGroup's best eco-friendly driver in the UK

Wednesday 05 June 2013

First Aberdeen bus driver, Sandra Cordiner, has been named FirstGroups ‘Best Eco Friendly Driver across the UK.

Sandra, 41 from Peterhead who has been a driver with First Aberdeen for two years, earned the much coveted title after achieving a better score for safe and environmentally friendly driving than any of her 17,000 bus driving colleagues employed by FirstGroup across the UK.

Over the last year Sandra has achieved exceptionally good scores in the companys ‘DriveGreen initiative, which is designed to reward and recognise the safest and greenest drivers within the business.

Sandra said: "Its very exciting to have won the award and quite unbelievable that my DriveGreen scores were better than 17,000 FirstGroup drivers across the UK.

"Since First introduced DriveGreen a few years ago it has certainly helped me improve my driving skills - Ive even had customers compliment me on how smooth their journey is. Now when I am driving the car in my time off I continue to use the DriveGreen principles and drive more smoothly " its safer and saves petrol.'

Duncan Cameron Operations Director, at First Aberdeen, said that the company boasts the best DriveGreen record amongst all Firsts bus companies. "Our drivers in Aberdeen have embraced the groundbreaking DriveGreen technology and as a result are providing customers with a safer, smoother journey, whilst also reducing our carbon footprint and saving fuel.'

He added: "Sandra is one of a number of drivers that have particularly excelled in Aberdeen scoring outstanding DriveGreen scores. All at First Aberdeen are extremely proud that Sandra has been named FirstGroups Best Eco Friendly Driver.'

Sandra Cordiner won the title at FirstGroups annual environmental awards ceremony in central London on April 16. The aim of the awards is to reward those individuals and companies that demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm, innovative thinking and go the extra mile to help limit Firsts environmental footprint.

About DriveGreeen
Every one of FirstGroups 7,500 buses, including the 150 based in Aberdeen, are fitted with the latest GPS technology that can detect dozens of driving movements per minute and immediately lets the driver know how well they are driving.

The DriveGreen equipment picks up on acceleration and braking patterns as well as corner, lane and speed handling. A ‘traffic light LED monitor on vehicle dashboards flashes green if the driver is driving correctly, or amber or red if a bus driver carries out an unwanted driving manoeuvre such as heavy braking or unnecessary acceleration.

The driver can then make immediate changes to their driving to ensure buses travel more efficiently to produce fewer CO˛ emissions and more smoothly, improving the journey experience for passengers.

Scores are allocated for each driving session and based on these scores, each bus depot can identify the best performing and the most improved drivers. To encourage drivers to use DriveGreen to help improve their driving style, weekly and monthly financial rewards are awarded to the best and the most improved.