It has been announced by the Department of Transport that new motorists will now be advised on how to drive in a way that saves money, saves fuel and cuts emissions as part of their practical driving test. Driving test examiners will provide candidates with feedback on how green their driving is. Candidates will not pass or fail their practical test as a result of this assessment. The move has been put in force to help the next generation of motorists drive in a way that is better for their wallets and the environment; the driving test will now assess how successfully they follow fuel efficient and eco-safe driving advice.
The Transport Minister has also dedicated an extra £3 million to promoting smarter driving techniques that will help all motorists save on fuel costs. It also gives money-saving advice on new car purchasing; motorists could save three months worth of fuel each year if they choose a more fuel efficient model when buying a car, this has been based on 2005 registration data.
The latest round of smarter driving tips has just been launched on radio stations across England, and a new television campaign will follow early next year.