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SAFED returns with stricter parameters and a fee

The Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) programme has returned with £850,000 in the pot for those in the aggregates-related industries to access to train drivers.

However, as a means to help shut the door on rogue elements accessing the aggregates levy sustainability fund (ALSF) financed programme, companies will have to prove aggregates make up 50% of vehicle mileage or their business base. Previously it was 25%.

Starting 1 April, the programme will also demand a £50 a driver fee for firms employing up to 250 people – rising to £100 for larger companies. Previously there was no fee.

SAFED is again being run by Liquid Management Solutions (LMS) and MD Kevin Taylor told MQR there should be enough money to train 4-5000 drivers over the initial two-year period.

“It is the perfect scheme. It saves fuel, brings about safer driving and lowers a company’s carbon footprint. There is no limit on the number of drivers a company can train either,” he said.

For more details on the programme and to find out if you qualify call LMS on 0845 450 7373.

The release of the funds has led some to question the validity of Defra including the level of funding going to transport in its currently open consultation on the ALSF.

One quarry owner said: “It goes to show that the government’s mentality is that we will make up our mind and then consult on the issue. There is no point asking for responses on SAFED when the programme in question has already started.”

The consultation finishes on 29 April.

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