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Norfolk businesses urged to put green driving skills to test

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 08:32 02 July 2010

BBC presenter Jake Humphrey tries out the eco driving simulator

BBC presenter Jake Humphrey tries out the eco driving simulator

Sam Williams

Businesses are being challenged to put their green driving skills to the test in a competition next week.

Businesses are being challenged to put their green driving skills to the test in a competition next week.

The eco-driving contest will see teams of three shown motoring techniques which can reduce fuel use by up to 20pc - significantly reducing running costs for business fleets.

They will then be asked to put their skills to the test using simulators at The Forum in Norwich.

The event has been organised by economic development partnership Shaping Norfolk's Future with partners Archant, Biosphere Expeditions, Lotus, May Gurney, Norfolk County Council and the University of East Anglia, and has been backed by Formula One commentator Jake Humphrey.

The winning team will receive a track day at Lotus, practical driver training, a factory tour at the carmaker's Hethel plant and lunch overlooking the track.

The three top teams will also receive free Ecosafe Driver training from Norfolk County Council for up to 15 people.

The competition takes place from March 9 to 11. To enter a team, log on to www.sustainablenorfolk.co.uk, or call Fiona Atkins on 01603 638307.

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