Cabbies fuelled by challenge

Shell Smarter Cab Drivers at the Shell Centre. from left, Alistair Kent and Rob Berry of Sunderland
Shell Smarter Cab Drivers at the Shell Centre. from left, Alistair Kent and Rob Berry of Sunderland
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TWO taxi drivers are aiming to prove they are the most fuel-savvy in the UK.

They were picked to join a challenge to find Britian’s most fuel-efficient taxi driver.

Now Alistair Kent and Robert Berry, both from Station Taxis in Sunderland, are aiming to save money by making simple changes to the way they drive.

Their money-saving efforts are being ranked in a national leader board of 20 other cabbies, which has them placed fourth and fifth respectively.

The aim is to cut fuel use by 10 per cent to slash £1,000 a year from their fuel bills.

Alistair and Robert are part of a squad of cab driver ambassadors trained up by fuel company Shell and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

The four-week Smarter Cab Drivers challenge has been monitoring the drivers as they travel around since the start of the month.

Their efforts are been tracked online at www.smartercabdrivers.com and on Twitter @SmarterCabbies.

It is hoped other drivers will use the quick and easy ways to cut spending on fuel.

Alistair, 40, from Tunstall, said: “Since becoming a taxi driver, I have tried to drive my car in a way that will get more miles out of my fuel.

“However, I am expecting to learn some new tips during the Shell Smarter Cab Drivers challenge, which I really do want to put to the test.”

Robert, 42, from Pennywell, said: “It’s great to see Shell taking on a responsible role by introducing the Shell Smarter Cab Drivers challenge.

“By teaching me what they know, they’ll help me to do my bit for the environment and hopefully, I’ll save a bit of money on my fuel bills too.”

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