On 17 September 2013 the European project ECOeffect held its final seminar on eco-driving in Vilnius (Lithuania), following the IRU/EU Road Transport Conference organised by IRU on 16 September.

Representatives from Ministries, local and European truck companies as well as eco-driving experts, took part in the seminar and practical workshop that focused on the needs and advantages of eco-driving training from an economical and social point of view.

Mr Pumputis, Head of Traffic Safety Division, Ministry of Transport & Communication, Republic of Lithuania welcomed the guests in the morning session while Mr Ricardas Malkus, Secretary General of IRU Lithuanian member LINAVA (Lithuanian National Road Carriers Association), closed the conference by stating: “We are looking forward to implementing the eco-driving schemes in our training centre and to offering it to any interested transport companies looking for eco-driving solutions”.

During the seminar, the 2 champion companies (Vive Trans, Poland) and (Duvenbeck, Romania) were honoured whilst 2 drivers from Romanian logistics company TIR and from Polish transport company HSF Logistics Polska received the awards for best driver by achieving the highest results in fuel reduction and CO2 emissions thanks to the ECOeffect training.

ECOeffect is a comprehensive training programme directed at truck drivers and trainers, and it is certified by the IRU Academy. Thanks to the ECOeffect training programme, participating companies will reduce their costs in fuel consumption, as well as, increasing the competitiveness of their fleet. Drivers will have a better understanding of the eco-driving techniques, will be less stressed and more productive, knowing that they are performing well and driving more efficiently.

So far under the project, almost 1.600 drivers in three European countries, Poland, Romania and Czech Republic have received the ECOeffect training and have achieved around 10% of fuel reduction.

ECOeffect final results will be published after the completion of the project in November 2013.

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