Eco-driving in a public transport context: experiences from a field trial

Many public transport vehicles, buses in particular, produce emissions with a negative impact on the environment. An eco-driving style can reduce fuel use and emission up to 25%. In a field trial the effects of two intervention programmes were compared. Fifty-four drivers on one bus line were divided into three groups: one received feedback from an in-vehicle system, one received the same feedback and personal training and one group acted as a control. An overall fuel saving of 6.8% was found, as well as large decreases in instances of harsh deceleration and speeding. However, no difference between the two interventions could be found. The drivers reported increased theoretical knowledge but several contextual factors were found to obstruct their opportunity to actually practise eco-driving. The study demonstrates the importance to differentiate between a driver's ability (e.g. knowledge, skill, and habits) and a driver's opportunity to eco-drive (e.g. work tasks, traffic situation). Current interventions focus on the driver's ability without taking opportunity into consideration.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01534614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 10:16AM