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City Fleet Drivers commit to being Smart Drivers<div>The City of Cape Town has an impressive fleet of 10 042 vehicles (diesel and petrol) operated by approximately 13 000 fleet drivers. The operation of this fleet resulted in the consumption of 78 332 004,64 million litres of diesel and 34 928 583,66 million litres of petrol between 2018 and 2023, at a cost of R1 927 067 838 and giving off a total of 291 185,53 tons of CO2 emissions.</div><div><br></div><div>‘This Smart Driver programme is a transversal City programme. This mandatory training focuses on training all City Fleet touch key drivers across all directorates. The programme is led by the Environmental Management Department, Spatial Planning and Environment (SPE) Directorate in partnership with the Fleet Management Department of the Corporate Services Directorate. The Smart Driver programme is complementary to Fleet Management’s Driver Behaviour Safety Programme,’ said Mayoral Committee member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys. </div><div><br></div><div>The Smart Driver training programme, initiated in 2018, targets the City’s fleet drivers who get behind the wheels of fleet vehicles every day. So far 10 363 drivers completed their training of which 9 645 received their competency certificates.</div><div><br></div><div>The programme provides staff operating City-owned or hired vehicles with the necessary skills to develop sustainable driving habits. The training provides staff with reasons why it is important to change driving habits, mind-sets and driving styles. Besides their own safety and the safety of other road users, they are also saving the City and themselves money by reducing fuel consumption. </div><div><br></div><div>Between January 2018 and December 2023, the programme showed the following savings: R3 175 292 fuel (diesel and petrol), 311 778 litres of fuel, 972 trees and 833 tons of CO2 emissions saved.  It is important to take into consideration the impact of Covid-19 and regular fuel cost increases over this period.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Through a monitoring programme, each of the City Fleet drivers completed their Smart Driver training for three months before they attended the training and for a further 18 months after training. We are already seeing significant fuel savings and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reductions. Reducing the number of accidents is the next target the programme is looking into,’ said Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment portfolio committee, Alderman Eddie Andrews,</div><div><br></div><div>Driver ‘touch key’ (OBC - On Board Computer system) information is currently used for monitoring driver behaviour (harsh braking, idling, speeding, harsh cornering), fuel usage, C02 emissions and road safety (accident records).  </div><div><br></div><div>‘As part of the programme, managers and supervisors responsible for driver and fleet management are also trained on Managing Risk in transport. The key output of this training is a practical approach to risk management. The dangers and pitfalls of managing transport logistics with possible consequence management and prosecution on all levels of responsibility and accountability and how to prepare for and manage these risks,’ said Mayoral Committee member for Corporate Services, Ald Teresa Uys. <br></div><div><br></div><div>High Resolution photographs are available <a href="https://bit.ly/4bCkiIi">here.</a><br></div><br>2024-05-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3f65e81b-137c-45ab-a6d5-a16f817c680c;L0|#03f65e81b-137c-45ab-a6d5-a16f817c680c|smart events;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0212ec81-3cea-4d6f-8cd2-9607f8d963a2;L0|#00212ec81-3cea-4d6f-8cd2-9607f8d963a2|Green Point10

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