01 Sep 2008 05:09:52
Driving technique could cut 50m tonnes C02
Driving techniques which could reduce carbon emissions on the EU's roads by 50 million tonnes a year are to be assessed as part of the driving test starting next week.
According to the Scotsman, learner drivers taking their tests will be assessed not only on traditional three point turns and parallel parking but also on their eco-driving.
Starting next week, assessors will be looking out for sudden stops, over-revving the engine and sudden acceleration.
The would-be drivers will not fail their test if their eco-driving is not up to scratch but they will be advised on how to improve their fuel consumption and reduce their emissions by driving more consciously.
According to the European Climate Change Programme, if all the EU's drivers followed the instructions, 25 billion litres of fuel would be saved a year.
A Driving Standards Agency spokesman told the newspaper: "Driving in an eco-safe manner not only means safer driving but can also reduce air pollution. We want learner drivers to understand that the way they drive can improve their safety, help them tackle carbon emissions and save them money."