Written statement to Parliament

Eco-driving training for large goods vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle drivers

Eco-driving training not to be mandatory but to increase.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

The Department for Transport has today (12 October 2010) published its response to the consultation on options to increase the uptake of eco-driving training for drivers of large goods vehicles and passenger carrying vehicles.

Consistent with the government’s de-regulation agenda I have decided not to make eco-driving training a mandatory part of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence at this time.

I will instead respond to industry assurances that they have the will to increase uptake of eco-driving training without direct government intervention, and will encourage and support industry-led initiatives to improve fuel efficiency and tackle carbon emissions, of which a number have emerged as a result of this consultation.

In 2012 the department will review the level of uptake of eco-driving training and fuel savings resulting both from these industry-led initiatives and from voluntary uptake as part of the Driver CPC and will re-consider the case for government intervention.

I have placed copies of the consultation response document and associated impact assessment in the libraries of House.

Published 12 October 2010