BONUSES will be paid to bus drivers with high driving standards as part of a new initiative run by Stagecoach.

It is part of an 'eco driver' system for Barnsley which encourages driving more efficiently to reduce fuel consumption. 

The new monitoring system senses more than 100 separate manoeuvres and tracks speed, acceleration and braking.

Stagecoach Yorkshire Operations Director Sue Hayes said: “Saving fuel is a key aspect of our climate change objectives and we believe Eco Driver will play a key part in helping us to achieve our five year carbon footprint reduction plan.

“Eco Driver helps Stagecoach staff to reduce carbon emissions and increase road safety standards – and being able to log on to check and compare performance profiles has encouraged some friendly rivalry at depots.“