Lorry drivers given cycling training in bid to reduce cycling deaths
A new initiative to help reduce deaths on London roads has been implemented by Travis Perkins, the Evening Standard reports.
The company, the largest builders' merchant in the UK, has put 1,650 of its drivers through a day of cycling training so they can gain perspective of what it is like to be a cyclist on the roads in London.
London is a key location for Travis Perkins, with the city home to 182 branches and several hundred vehicles driving in the capital on a daily basis. As a result, the company enrolled its staff on the Safe Urban Driving (SUD) course.
The training is accredited by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), which was developed by Transport for London.
The one-day course consists of three-and-a-half hours of classroom-based learning followed by the same amount of time on a bike on London roads.
The company's head of group transport risk and compliance, Ron Searle, explained that the initiative was part of Travis Perkins' commitment to road safety.
Searle said: "The aim of the training is to put drivers in the shoes of cyclists and make them aware of how frightening it is to cycle next to a lorry.
"It has been hugely successful and we are delighted to make a long-term commitment that puts this at the heart of our training programme for drivers."
Jeff Morris, driver of a 32-tonne lorry, one of the biggest in the Travis Perkins fleet in London, said he was surprised by the training, adding:
"Cycling with a truck beside you is genuinely scary. I am glad I got to see that for myself and can now play a role in making the streets of London safer for cyclists."
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