Sidmouth motorists offered help to save fuel

SIDMOUTH S Devon County Councillor is backing a unique project to help Devon motorists save fuel and cash by changing driving techniques.

SIDMOUTH'S Devon County Councillor is backing a unique project to help Devon motorists save fuel and cash by changing driving techniques.

DCC has joined forces with the Energy Saving Trust to offer free advice on how to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

By following tips offered, through the council's eco-safe driving course and EST's transport advice centre, Sidmouth drivers, and others in the county, could save up to 15 percent on their fuel bill and lower CO2 emissions.

If all Devon's private motorists reduced fuel consumption by 10 percent it would save around 150,000 tonnes of CO2 - equal to taking 45,000 vehicles off the road.


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Sidmouth, Sidford DCC representative, Councillor Stuart Hughes, who is also DCC cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "Our partnership with the Energy Saving Trust means drivers in Devon get really sound advice and can feel confident that they're driving as efficiently as possible.

"With rising fuel costs, I'm sure the opportunity to save money will appeal to everyone, and it really has never been easier to find out how to drive in a more environmentally friendly way.

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"While the county council is determined to encourage people to use Green Travel more often, this joint initiative allows motorists to do their bit when using their own vehicle."

Paul Papworth, EST's south west transport co-ordinator, said: "Using less fuel when driving is easier than people think, and a way to both reduce CO2 emissions, and save cash.

"With fuel prices increasing, there's no better time to call our Freephone number (0800 512 012) and learn how."

Lines open between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

You can request a free DVD Eco-safe driving - Making A Difference or view it at www.devon.gov.uk/ecodrivingfilm.

Those without DVD or internet facilities have free use of computers at their local library.

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