Cormac, Lorne Stewart, TNT and WJ South West are the first firms to join Cornwall’s new ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme.

The free voluntary scheme, which provides recognition and support on reducing fuel costs and environmental best practice to fleet operators, will be operated by Transport and Travel Research (TTR), on behalf of Cornwall Council.

Firms joining the scheme are given a star rating out of five, with personal guidance on how to improve upon this initial score and drive further efficiencies in their fleet operations.

Welcoming the four firms to the programme, Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s communities officer, said: “Cornwall ECO Stars scheme is a great opportunity for operators in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area to get free advice on improving their fleet efficiency.

“Congratulations to our inaugural members - we hope that many more businesses will follow their lead, join the scheme and contribute to improving air quality in the area, whilst also improving their bottom line,” he added.

Jason Gallop, Cormac fleet technician, said the firm  was delighted to join the scheme. He added: “The evaluation process was entirely straightforward and I would have no hesitation in recommending that other fleet operators should join the scheme. Obviously we look forward to working with TTR again, with a view to achieving a five-star rating in the future.”

ECO Stars Fleet Recognition scheme was launched in South Yorkshire in 2009 and has expanded across the UK to areas including York, Edinburgh, Manchester and Warrington and has more than 500 members with 14,000 vehicles.