Norwich MP wants better driving habits to cut emissions

A Norwich MP wants ministers to look of cutting car emissions by better driving habits.

Simon Wright, obtained confirmation from the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, that his Department will be looking at increasing the take-up of Eco-driving training courses.

speaking at the House of Commons Transport questions today, said to the Secretary of State: 'One of the quickest and cheapest ways of reducing vehicle emissions is through more economical driving habits, but I understand that take up by businesses of smarter driving training courses has been poor. Will the Secretary of State explore what strategies are open to his Department to improve take up of these courses?'

In his response, Mr Hammond confirmed that this is being pursued at a ministerial level.

Speaking afterwards, the Norwich South MP said better driver habits could go a long way to making a difference.


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'Petrol prices are going up, hitting businesses and individuals alike,' Mr Wright added. 'However, by changing the way we drive we can actually bring down fuel bills and help the environment at the same time.

'It's really important that businesses are aware of the benefits that can come from enrolling employees on smarter driving courses.

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'I was concerned by reports that take up of courses has not been good, and I wanted to ensure that Ministers take this matter seriously.

'A few changes in driving habits can result in fuel bills being reduced by as much as �250 per person over the course of a year.

'While the savings are high, the costs of the courses are minimal thanks to government subsidies.'

For more information on Smarter Driving training schemes see http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/business/Business/Transport-advice/Smarter-Driving

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