Sutton and Croydon Councils have joined forces to run an ECO Stars scheme and help fleet operators improve efficiency, reduce fuel consumption, cut exhaust emissions and make cost savings.

The first fleet operators of HGVs and vans in the Beddington area have already made their commitment by signing up to the Eco Stars scheme and more are being encouraged to follow their example.

The first four operators have begun taking up the free advice and Sutton Council is urging more local firms to join them.

Among them is family-run company PF Whitehead Transport Services based in Beddington, ASDA and Expert Logistics.

Sutton Council, which has also signed its vehicles up, is championing the scheme as part of its One Planet Sutton environment commitments to achieve more sustainable living in the borough.

Other companies that Sutton Council is supporting in the scheme include fleets based in the borough owned by Expert Logistics, Asda and Royal Mail.

The scheme will run for two years and the council will then evaluate its success. If enough vehicle fleets are on board, the council will seek further funding to expand Eco Stars.

Mary Morrissey, Director of the Environment and Neighbourhoods directorate, said:

“Improving air quality in London is vital for everyone’s health. We can only do this if everyone gets involved. I am very proud that local firms are proving that making positive decisions about the environment can actually increase efficiency and profits. Reducing emissions makes good business sense.

“Cutting vehicle emissions is one of our One Planet Sutton themes and that is also why I am delighted that we are supporting Eco Stars scheme.”