The Government is being urged to recognise how eco driver training can cut emissions in line with its ambitions for drivers to increasingly opt for ultra-low or zero-emission cars and vans.
The newly published Road to Zero Strategy sets out an “ambition” that by 2030, at least 50% – and as many as 70% – of new car sales will be ultra-low emission, alongside up to 40% of new vans.
The Government also says it has no current plans to ban any particular technology – including hybrids – adding that the “Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the Government’s 2040 mission.”
In response, Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “IAM RoadSmart welcomes the Government’s Road to Zero strategy but reminds them that they must not forget the driver in the rush to adopt new technology.
“Education and eco-driving training have a key role to play in helping to meet, or exceed, emission targets and reduce fuel consumption and it can start to deliver improvements right away. Even hybrid and pure electric cars can be driven badly and without the right knowledge to maximise efficiency, resources will continue to be wasted and costs increased for drivers and companies.”
He added: “IAM RoadSmart is looking forward to working with the Government to set in place a driver training framework that will ensure the UK can enjoy safer and cleaner motoring for many years ahead.”