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Old 12th April 2014, 13:08   #1
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Go Green -
Ok, ban vehicles from plying on the road;
Shut off the engines, electricity et al.
Really? Nopes, we still can do things better, and at the same time, can still keep moving

For companies like the UPS - shutting down or not moving isn't an option. They have to move, and at the same time have to operate efficiently and not over polluting the world. With this in mind, they had started an initiative way back in 2004. The idea is 'Dont turn Left'.(Similar to India's free left turn, in US, its free right turn).

As of 2012, UPS saved around 10 million gallons of fuel by switching to right-turn-heavy routes.
The company also reduced its carbon emissions by around 100,000 metric tons.
And now, that’s roughly equivalent to taking 5,300 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year!

Read more on this spirited exercise by UPS at their website: http://compass.ups.com/UPS-driver-avoid-left-turns/

Mods, Am unsure of the relevance of the subject here, and this is not latest news either. But thought of sharing the same here as it was indeed an against-the-tide though process, implemented successfully, and somehow gave a positive vibe that, if the thought is smart, we can still keep revving, without hurting our environment, as otherwise perceived.

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As of 2012, UPS saved around 10 million gallons of fuel by switching to right-turn-heavy routes.
The company also reduced its carbon emissions by around 100,000 metric tons.
And now, thatís roughly equivalent to taking 5,300 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year!
Thanks for a great share. On a similar basis, if the freight companies in India were to adopt route-optimization, we could achieve considerable carbon emission reduction at the national level.

Infact, if the NHAI was to create a simple route management app that talks of traffic diversions/traffic stalls due to road activity/accidents, I am sure the freight companies can save much more fuel than UPS. Steps are needed to ensure error free travel on the highways and if can achieve that, things ought to improve manifold.
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Indeed, this would work very well. In developed nations only.

We have 2 wheelers taking a U-turn over a median to avoid a round trip of 200 mts, vehicles entering a one way and even going on the wrong side on National Highways.

Ah well. What are some more tricks we could use here? Free left turn is a bit of a gamble, next thing you know a cop stops you citing a board on the other side of the road!
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