Master class for Cornwall’s taxi drivers and fleet operators

From Cornwall Council:

There’s still time for vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to register for Cornwall Council’s free one-day masterclass on Wednesday 31 January designed to help them reduce emissions and cut their fuel costs.

Sponsored by CGON, the Driving Innovation masterclass is aimed at businesses in Cornwall and the wider south-west.  The event will bring together key players from industry and the public sector to provide fleet decision makers, environmental managers, taxi drivers and all those with an interest in lowering vehicle fleet emissions with the information they need to make the right choices.

The day will include demonstrations of new hydrogen retrofit technology and electric vehicles.  There will also be presentations about the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which encourages fleet operators to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and zero-emission electric vehicles.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “This masterclass is a great way for fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to learn about the latest technologies that can help them to make significant savings on their fuel costs at the same time as improving local air quality.  Businesses of all sizes are welcome to sign up. Whether your business operates a single vehicle or hundreds, the masterclass makes good business sense and can help you take steps towards a cleaner and greener future.”

The free one-day masterclass takes place at Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Business Park, Bodmin from 9.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday 31 January.  Businesses can register to attend the event at www.cornwall.gov.uk/drivinginnovation.

As part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy, Cornwall Council has introduced a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality across Cornwall.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed-use development in areas close to public transport and facilities.

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