Bus operator Stagecoach Yorkshire has been rewarded for its efforts to improve local air quality with a four-star rating in the Care4Air ECO Stars Fleet Recognition programme.
The scheme, which was the first of its kind in the UK, recognises fleet operators who are using lower polluting vehicles and effective fuel management.
Stagecoach has improved the fuel efficiency of its fleet of 315 vehicles and reduced carbon emissions.
Over the past 12 months, Stagecoach has invested almost £12 million in 40 electric hybrid buses which have 30 per cent lower carbon emission than standard buses. New buses also use stop-start technology which means there are zero emissions when the bus is stood still.
Paul Lynch, Stagecoach Yorkshire’s managing director, commented: “We’re delighted to be the first passenger transport operator in the region to achieve this standard, and we hope that we continue to set an example to local organisations and highlight to others the importance of investing in lower polluting vehicles.”