Leicester

Leicester council offers green driving tips

Training staff to drive more efficiently could save Leicester City Council up to £50,000 a year, officials have said.

The Greener, Safer Driving scheme will give people both a practical and a theory lesson in how to use less fuel.

The council wants to prevent about 1,800 tonnes of carbon emissions, 300 tonnes from vehicles alone, and reduce operating costs by £300,000 in a year.

If the project is effective it may be offered to other groups.

Councillor Sarah Russell, cabinet lead for environment and sustainability, said: "Greener, Safer driving is about giving staff the skills they need to be able to change the way they drive and so help make a reduction in one of the biggest areas of carbon costs at the council.

"The beauty of this training is that it teaches driving techniques that are not only more fuel efficient but actually safer, so everyone's a winner."

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