The Blue Lamp Trust has teamed up with Portsmouth City Council to offer free ‘Eco Safe’ driver training courses to businesses in the PO1 to PO6 postcode areas.

The courses, which are delivered by specialist trainers, will start in September and interested businesses will need to apply for a limited number of places. Courses are designed to help Portsmouth businesses save money and cut incidents while improving local air quality.

Eco Safe driving contributes to reduced fuel consumption by an average of 20%, cuts greenhouse gas emission and wear and tear on vehicles. More ecological driving also reduces accident rates and driving risk without compromising busy schedules.  

Jim Bettley, General Manager of the Blue Lamp Trust, said: “The benefits of Eco driving are huge, with a saving in fuel usage of around 10 - 15%. For the average UK driver, this would equate to a saving of around £300 to £400 per annum as well as lower maintenance costs and improved safety.”

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Blue Lamp Trust on this scheme. The funding the council received from the government's Clean Air Fund will allow us to train over 100 local drivers over a six month period. We recognise people need to drive, and are in support of any scheme which helps people drive smarter and in a more environmentally-friendly way."

The hour-long practical driving course is suitable for drivers of all ages and experience and is conducted in one of the Trust’s training vehicles by a DVSA-approved ‘Fleet’ registered driving instructor.

For an application form or more information about Eco Safe driver training email or call 0300 777 0157