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Gatwick taxi company in £500,000-plus "green" deal
2:37pm Friday 2nd November 2012 in Local News
Taxi company RoadRunners Gatwick has signed a “green” deal worth more than half a million pounds to add 20 Toyotas to its fleet over the coming year.
Most of the cars, which will all show the distinctive black and green RoadRunners Gatwick livery, will be full hybrids, including Prius, and one of the first new seven-seat Prius+.
RoadRunners Gatwick Limited, which was established in 1990, serves a large area across Surrey and Sussex with bases in Horley, Crawley and Redhill, and operates a fleet of almost 200 vehicles, including estate cars and minibuses, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Its latest purchase sees it taking further steps to lower its emissions as a business. Toyota full hybrids are able to operate solely on electric power at lower speeds, which allows them to run in slow traffic with zero tailpipe emissions. In addition, they also produce no particulate matter and have very low emissions which affect air quality and so pose a risk to human health.
Muzaffar Hussain, RoadRunners Gatwick managing director, said: ”We feel it is important as a company to take steps to reduce our emissions, but also address wider issues such as air quality, which affects peoples health.”
He said: “Our investment in full hybrid technology supports our tagline of 'Taxis That Don’t Cost The Earth,' reflecting the future of our company. “Our goal is to become the greenest taxi fleet in the south of England.”
Using the latest in-car technology, RoadRunners Gatwick is able to constantly monitor its fleet, allowing it to allocate the closest car to every job, reducing fuel bills and improving delivery times.
Driving full hybrids has also proved popular among the drivers.
Hasan Yavuz, a driver with RoadRunners Gatwick for three years, said: “Our customers normally make reference to the fact there is no engine noise at lower speed, and as drivers, the extra savings we make on fuel really help at a time of rising prices.”