Falkirk’s green fleet saves thousands

Falkirk Council has improved their eco rating thanks to incentives such as their use of electric cars
Falkirk Council has improved their eco rating thanks to incentives such as their use of electric cars

Falkirk Council has taken steps to make its vehicles more eco-friendly than ever before, saving £700,000 in the process.

The environmental shift comes as part of the Eco stars scheme which aims to improve air quality in the local area.

The council reduced its fleet by 23 vehicles, upgraded gritters and installed tracking devices to ensure the shortest routes are taken.

Eco Stars Scotland Manager Mark Cavers said: “Falkirk is the first council to be awarded an upgrade and this demonstrates its commitment to reducing its vehicle emissions and improving local air quality.”

The scheme was launched in 2013 and there are 71 organisations operating vehicles in the Falkirk area which have been approved as environmentally friendly.

Spokesman for environment Councillor Craig Martin said: “The upgrade of our rating in the Eco Stars scheme is a sign of how serious we are about our environmental credentials.

“The new vehicle management and tracking systems, as well as our new multi-purpose vehicles, have helped us build a modern fleet of vehicles and reduce costs at a time when budgets are tight without impacting on performance.”

The council has 369 vehicles in its fleet and a four star rating with Eco Stars.