Project: The Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) Standard

Reference: GPG 2100

Last update: 16/10/2003 12:10:02


The aim of this project is to develop a standard so that accreditation of trainers follows best practice for fuel economy driving. We envisage Phase 1 of the project would entail reviewing the existing national driver training providers and then Phase 2 would develop a national standard for driving for economy.


Driving style is a major factor in the fuel consumption of a vehicle. Fuel economy driver training is increasingly being recognised as a cost-effective intervention to reduce fuel costs. Discussions with leading industry representatives support the view that "Driving for economy" and "Driving safely" are compatible objectives. The EEBPP, therefore, wishes to promote and encourage the development of fuel-efficient driving training programmes. The work described below will be linked to the new "Fuel Management Guide," published in February 2001. Further more, the driving standards will form part of the 'Fuel Advisors Scheme' which was announced by the Government in March 2001 as part of the Road Haulage Modernisation fund, totalling £100 million over 3 years.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £39,423.00

Actual start date: 01 November 2001

Actual completion date: 01 May 2003


Good Practice Guide 2100
Author: University of Huddersfield and FuelMaster Logisitcs Ltd
Publication date: 01/05/2003
Source: TransportEnergy Best Practice
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Report on the Development of the Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) Standard
Author: University of Huddersfield
Publication date: 01/07/2003
Source: TransportEnergy BestPractice programme
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Summary of results

  1. A Training Manual for a Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving Standards has been prepared. This manual will be used for the Driver Development Programme (described under the Sustainable Distribution sub programme)