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25 Jun 2019

Arriva to introduce major CO2e emissions reduction programme across European bus fleet

Arriva to introduce major CO2e emissions reduction programme across European bus fleet: Arriva bus driver, Spain

  • Arriva signs pan-European contract with TomTom Telematics, a Bridgestone company, to drive up standards even higher in its bus operations
  • By using advanced driving techniques Arriva expects to reduce CO2e emissions by up to 72,000 tonnes a year
  • Access to real-time data, combined with driver coaching, will support over 32,000 bus drivers to be the best they can be and deliver more comfortable and environmentally efficient journeys for passengers

Arriva, a leading European passenger transport company, announces it has signed a contract with TomTom Telematics, recently acquired by Bridgestone, to install their telematics system on up to 15,000 buses across the UK and nine countries in Mainland Europe.

Arriva is committed to reducing the global impacts of travel, improving air quality in congested towns and cities, and minimising its own environmental impacts as a business. This latest technology investment - which provides drivers with instant feedback around braking, acceleration and idling - will enable Arriva to reduce fuel use from its bus operations by up to 6% each year and cut CO2 emissions each year by up to 72,000 tonnes. This is the equivalent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated by more than 15,000 cars being driven in a year.

Jo Humphries, Arriva Group Transformation Director, said: “This investment in TomTom Telematics is an investment in our drivers. Every second of every journey, our 32,000 drivers have to make the right decisions to take passengers safely from pick-up to destination. When supported by regular coaching and training, our drivers will be equipped to drive the best they can. In doing so they can provide even safer and more comfortable journeys for passengers and reduce fuel usage to deliver substantive reductions in CO2 emissions.”

Thomas Schmidt, managing director of TomTom Telematics, said: “Arriva has recognised the business benefits that can be gained by improving operational visibility and empowering drivers to improve their performance behind the wheel.

“Our fleet management solution, WEBFLEET, gives Arriva powerful insights into areas for improvement across its extensive network. For instance, it highlights inefficiencies affecting the amount of fuel usage in a day.

“We are delighted that our innovative telematics technology will continue to help Arriva fulfil its long-term environmental and operational goals.”

The contract will support the installation of the technology on Arriva’s bus fleet in Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK.

Arriva businesses in Denmark, Portugal, Serbia and Sweden already deploy telematics on their buses.

Notes to editors

The installation of telematics technology on Arriva buses is critical to the success of ‘Driving Arriva’ - the company’s new blueprint for driving smarter, safer and smoother.   It has been developed to unlock the potential of every bus and train driver and enable them to drive the best they can, resulting in improved passenger comfort and service reliability, as well as fuel and emissions reductions.

The blueprint moves teams (36,600 bus and train drivers) from 14 countries to a single way of driving.

Arriva is one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe, employing over 53,000 people and delivering around 2 billion passenger journeys every year.

Arriva is part of Deutsche Bahn, one of the world’s leading passenger transport and logistics service providers. Headquartered in Sunderland, UK, Arriva is responsible for Deutsche Bahn's regional passenger transport services outside of Germany.

Arriva operates across 14 European markets: the Czech Republic; Croatia; Denmark; Hungary; Italy; the Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia, Spain; Sweden; and the UK.

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TomTom Telematics is one of the world’s leading telematics solution providers, dedicated to fleet management, vehicle telematics and connected car services. Its main Software-as-a-Service solution WEBFLEET is used by businesses of all sizes to improve vehicle performance, save fuel, support drivers and increase overall fleet efficiency. In addition, TomTom Telematics provides services for the insurance, rental and leasing industries, car importers and companies that address the needs of businesses as well as consumers.

TomTom Telematics has over 50,000 customers worldwide and services drivers in more than 60 countries, giving them the industry’s strongest local support network and widest range of sector-specific third-party applications and integrations. Our customers benefit every day from the high standards of confidentiality, integrity and availability of our ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified service, re-audited in November 2018.

As of 1st of April 2019, TomTom Telematics has become a part of Bridgestone Europe NV/SA (“Bridgestone”), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone operates in 38 countries across the EMEA region, with some of Europe’s most advanced factories, world-beating technology and leading R&D investments.

For further information, please visit telematics.tomtom.com

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For more information about Bridgestone in EMEA, please visit www.bridgestone.eu and Bridgestone newsroom.