A BUS mechanic turned carbon emissions expert was named London’s top environmental champion in an award show for the industry.
Paul Newman, based at Uxbridge bus station, in Bakers Road, is one of a handful of technicians in the capital spearheading an initiative aimed at reducing the fuel used by London’s bus fleet.
Mr Newman, of Joel Street, Eastcote, has helped reduce the amount of unnecessary vehicle idling by about 10 per cent, thanks to his crackdown on over-steering, excessive braking and idling.
He collected his accolade from the London Bus Awards, held at London Transport Museum.
The First Group employee told the Gazette: “I have been monitoring drivers using new technology, which allows me to collect data and target hotspots where they have been leaving the engine running or steering too hard. We are constantly trying to improve the system and cut down on fuel.”
Mr Newman is the ‘drive green’ champion for north-west London, covering 2,500 drivers from the Uxbridge, Hayes and Greenford bus depots.
At the awards, Transport for London’s managing director of surface transport, Leon Daniels, said: “Our bus network is one of the largest and most complex in the world and one on which the very foundations of this city depends.
“Thousands of people across the capital work incredibly hard to provide customers with the best possible service. These awards are a celebration of all that is great about London’s bus network – in particular its people.
“We celebrate and thank all those drivers and staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to help our customers, those who show innovation and creativity in their work and those who display outstanding bravery, dedication and commitment.”