02 Mar 2010 03:03:10
CBI: Drivers need to be tested on fuel-efficient techniques
Motorists should be tested on how environmentally-friendly their driving techniques are, according to an industry body.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has highlighted driving as one of the easiest ways of reducing carbon emissions in its latest report entitled Tackling Climate Change Closer to Home.
As a compulsory part of their driving test, prospective drivers should show they can drive in an energy-efficient manner. The CBI has calculated that individuals could save up to £250 on the cost of running their car.
Dr Neil Bentley, the director of business environment at the organisation, said: "Simply changing gears more smoothly to avoid sharp breaking and acceleration can reduce fuel consumption by a third.
"(This test) will make a significant contribution to changing the next generation of motorists behaviour, and to cutting transport emissions."
Other recommendations in the report included using taxes from the purchase of carbon-intensive cars to promote low-carbon cars, establishing long-term limits for reducing car emissions and speeding up plans for the roll-out of smart meters.http://tinyurl.com/ykuj4jx