Dunmow Waste Management champions road safety in Essex for vulnerable road users1st August 2018
Dunmow Waste Management has taken important steps to ensure all team members are fully equipped to deal with vulnerable road users across the county.
Dunmow Waste Management, the leading waste management and skip company in Essex has championed the Safe Urban Driving training course in a bid to raise awareness of road safety on the roads of Essex.
This specialist training course is aimed at providing HGV drivers with a different perspective on the road, focussing on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. The SUD course is considered essential training for those operating within urban environments, where there is a high volume of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Delivered in two-sections, all drivers must first complete a practical cycling element which sees them cycling on public highways. This then leads on to a comprehensive classroom session where the team learn about theoretical scenarios involving how to apply defensive driving techniques, while understanding how and why city roads are changing to accommodate active travel, such as walking and cycling.
Sam Malins, Managing Director of Dunmow Waste Management commented:
“While our fleet of skip, roll-on roll-off and grab lorries carry the latest in safety features, it is paramount that we promote safety and consideration of all vulnerable road users with our fleet of drivers and of how their driving directly impacts others on the road at all times.”
Fitzroy Brown, Transport Supervisor went on to say: “The on-road element of the Safe Urban Driving course allows all drivers a cyclist’s perspective of riding on our busy roads, allowing them an invaluable insight in how they directly contribute to keeping our roads safe for both driver, cyclist and pedestrian.”
Dunmow Waste continues to drive quality of their fleet operations through their support of the FORS scheme. Recently retaining their Bronze Fors accreditation, the team are now actively working towards achieving the Silver Fors accreditation in 2019.
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