Cabbies learn how to slash petrol bill

Shell Smarter Cab Drivers at the Shell Centre. L-R Peter Coward and Ian Barley from Sheffield

Shell Smarter Cab Drivers at the Shell Centre. L-R Peter Coward and Ian Barley from Sheffield

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TWO taxi drivers have signed up to an eco driving scheme to put their skills under the microscope – and save cash.

The Smarter Cab Drivers initiative is a month-long fuel efficiency driving challenge which involves cab drivers from 10 regions in the UK.

Among those taking part are Peter Coward, from Sheffield, and Ian Barley of Upper Newbold, Chesterfield.

They have been trained to conserve fuel by using different driving techniques and their cabs are fitted with a device which records their driving habits and tells them how much fuel they are saving.

Mr Coward, who works a 62-hour week, covers up to 900 miles and on average spends nearly £500 on fuel.

Mr Barley, 51, who has been a cab driver in Sheffield for 25 years, said he spends 60 hours a week in his two-litre Fiat Scudo van, drives 700 miles and spends £170 on diesel a week.

He said: “I’m running from one end of town to the other, I get through a lot of mileage.”

He said he had learned that driving under the speed limit can save more fuel by keeping a more constant speed. He added: “Now I’m concentrating a lot more when I drive.”

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