IF TRUCK DRIVERS ARE EXPECTED TO UNDERGO EXTRA ROAD-SAFETY TRAINING, WHAT ABOUT OTHER ROAD USERS? BRIAN WEATHERLEY REPORTS ON A SCHOOLS-BASED INITIATIVE CREATED BY HEAVY-HAULAGE SPECIALIST HUTCHINSON ENGINEERING SERVICES.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
First the good news. In a recent nationwide survey conducted by Volvo Trucks of over 2,000 UK adults ― including truck, bus, van and car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians ― over three-quarters of them felt that ALL road users have a shared responsibility in making our roads safer. Yet when it came to answering this question: ‘Which measures would most likely reduce risks on UK roads?’ almost a half of them reckoned the answer was to ‘Increase the level of training required to-drive a lorry.’ As if there wasn’t enough training in the industry already…
But how about providing training for so-called ‘vulnerable road users’, like cyclists and pedestrians, and especially children whose awareness of road-risk tends to be much lower than adults? Clearly, they need to learn how to stay safe around lorries ― but who’s going to teach them? The Government? Local Education Authorities? Right now, given how tight the strings are on the public purse the answer could be a long time in coming.