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Breathe easy with free driver training

Businesses in the District of Blaby are being offered free Eco Driver training courses as part of a clean air initiative.

The one-hour sessions with an eco-driving expert will help those who drive as part of their job or commute to work in their car to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

All businesses in the areas of Braunstone Town, Leicester Forest East, Whetstone, and Enderby are eligible to apply for up to 5 fully funded places up to March 31st 2018. These places will be made available on a first come first serve basis.

Businesses out of these areas within the District of Blaby can also take up the driver training and are entitled to one free driver training session as a taster. Any bookings made before 31st March 2018 are available at a subsidised rate of just £17.50 per person, instead of the usual £40 per session rate. 

Supported by DEFRA funding, the initiative is part of Blaby District Council’s “Breath of Fresh Air” campaign, which encourages businesses and residents to think about how they can help tackle air quality in the local area. 

Simple steps, such as more eco driving and walking children to school when possible, can make a huge positive impact on the district’s local area to help residents get active and to improve the air quality in Blaby District.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We would be delighted to see as many businesses as possible register for these free and subsidised sessions. Despite what people may think, eco driving does not simply mean driving slower and taking longer.

“We have a responsibility to ensure the quality of air in the District of Blaby meets required standards, and we are committed to doing everything we can to improve it.”

Businesses interested in the eco driver training can contact 0116 272 7606 or e-mail

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