Less polluting vehicles - Hampshire

At present vehicles in the UK are predominantly petrol or diesel powered, producing 331,000 tons of NOx pollutants nationwide (DEFRA, 2016). Clean vehicle and fuel technologies provide us with an affordable, available means of reducing transportation-related air pollution and climate change emissions. These include fuel-efficient vehicles that use less oil, cleaner fuels that produce fewer emissions and electric cars and trucks that can entirely remove exhaust emissions.

Plug–in electric vehicles are run entirely on power from the National Grid or other electric suppliers. Whilst they are not the complete solution for removing harmful emissions, they do produce much lower levels of pollution.

Electric charging points

Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council are working in collaboration to establish an electric vehicle recharging structure to set up a network of charging points. These are expected to be in place in 2018, when we will be able to share information about where they are located and how to use them.

HCC Road Safety ECO Driving Training Course

Course Aims and Objectives:

To reduce accidents and fuel consumption by

  • Improving planning and anticipation
  • Increasing awareness of fuel saving techniques
  • Developing defensive driving techniques
  • Improving attitude and behaviour towards other road users
  • Improving driving techniques

The Routes: 

To include as many different road types and traffic situations as possible.


Normally a three-hour course with one trainer for two trainees. Carried out in Road Safety vehicle. Can be delivered on a 1:1 basis over one and a half hours. Road safety will be prioritised with fuel economy emphasised wherever possible.

Course Format: 

  • Driver Licence check
  • Eyesight check
  • Each driver completes a set route of approximately 20 minutes
  • Trainer debriefs both drivers with focus on lowering road risk and saving fuel
  • Trainer delivers demonstration drive (if applicable) using the same route
  • Each driver then completes a second drive on the same route
  • Fuel economy and time taken measured on each drive for comparison purpose
  • Risk assessment report completed

For more information or to book your place, click here.