FleetSmart handbook to help fleets create incentive programs for fuel-efficient driving

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Natural Resources Canada’s FleetSmart program has released a handbook designed to help fleets create incentive programs that promote fuel-efficient driving. The handbook, titled Driving for Fuel Economy – An Incentive Program Handbook, is available in both English and French.

“Over the past several years, FleetSmart has had many requests for information on the development of an employer/employee driven incentive program linked to fuel efficiency,” said Lynda Harvey, senior manager at FleetSmart. “Now, after embarking on this journey, and, with the contributions of over 25 volunteers from each of the on-road transportation sectors, this new handbook provides the basic steps to creating an incentive program in fleet operations.” 

The handbook was modelled after a similar project created by the Canada Safety Council back in 2001. Officials say the handbook will not only introduce users to the subject of incentive programs, but will also provide practical advice, simple worksheets and checklists to help fleets get started. Paradise Island Foods, Turk Enterprises, Bison Transport, and Continental Cartage provided their own case studies to supplement the guide.

“Energy efficiency, ‘going green’ and growing interest on this topic continues to be important to all fleet owners and managers,” Harvey said. “More than just saving money, incentive programs have also become a component for employee recognition and retention programs as well as an additional tool in human resource management planning.”
The handbook is available in PDF format via www.fleetsmart.gc.ca.

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