Major Midlands haulage firm partners with Metaltek Scott team to reinforce road safety message

Knights of Old says partnership aims to raise cycle awareness among staff, wider industry and community

by Simon_MacMichael   February 8, 2012  

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A Northamptonshire-based haulage firm has announced a partnership with British professional cycling team Metaltek Scott that is aimed at raising awareness of cycle safety among both cyclists and lorry drivers as well as the wider community.

Kettering-based Knights of Old plans to hold workshops for its staff to highlight cycling and road safety issues as well as areas including fitness and nutrition, and will also be visiting schools in the area in April as part of a road safety campaign.

Managing director Ian Beattie said: “We recognise that we have a responsibility to look after our staff, the local community and all road users and by joining forces with a professional cycling team we gain expertise and a greater platform to generate interest, discussion and positive results.

“Unfortunately, more accidents between cyclists and trucks are happening but through training and raising awareness on both sides we hope to be able to make a difference,” he continued.

“We recognise that this will be a challenge and it will take time and effort from everyone, not just Knights of Old and Metaltek-Scott.

“The wellbeing of our staff is very important to us, and by holding workshops, hosting forums and focusing on training we hope to have a healthier workforce.”

Referring to the road safety campaign it will be conducting in partnership with local schools, he said: “The interest from the schools has been great. They too have the same items on their agendas and by working with local companies and a professional team; the topics get covered in a different way which is more interesting for the children.”

The company announced in December that it was to merge with Mainland Group, the combined business boasting a turnover approaching £50 million and a fleet of 200 trucks and 225 trailers, with 400 employees.

It has also brought other members of the industry into its road safety initiative including TruckEast, its Scania dealer, and SDC Trailers.

“These are big issues that the industry is facing and by involving our key suppliers in events we hope to start to shift the culture towards cycling, safety, and nutrition internally and externally,” concluded Mr Beattie.

Formed at the end of 2011, Metaltek Scott is managed by Andy Swain, owner of CNC engineering company Metaltek Engineering Solutions, based in Melton Mowbray, who has more than 25 years’ experience of cycling as a rider, race organiser and sponsor.

Previously, the company sponsored Cycle Premier-Metalek, which finished sixth in the Halfords Tour Series last year.
 

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Sounds like good news.

Formed at the end of 2012? That's fast work.

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
8th February 2012 - 12:03

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Ahem. Thanks Smile

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7916 posts]
8th February 2012 - 12:41

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This is fantastic news!

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posted by schmiken [45 posts]
8th February 2012 - 12:52

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Great News. Everthing helps.

posted by pmr [163 posts]
8th February 2012 - 12:53

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Excellent!

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posted by Simon E [1909 posts]
8th February 2012 - 15:42

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Promoting safety can only be a good thing; but surely it could have been done in style?
The kit..... Sick Sick

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posted by Cammy [5 posts]
8th February 2012 - 16:50

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As long as they don't pair that shirt with Brown shorts a la Ag2r. Now that really would be awful. Although you would get noticed!

posted by SevenHills [143 posts]
8th February 2012 - 17:31

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SevenHills wrote:
As long as they don't pair that shirt with Brown shorts a la Ag2r. Now that really would be awful. Although you would get noticed!

Always thought AG2R looked like lederhosen to me, LOL! Laughing

Nice to see a Haulage company involved with a team though. Who next? Robinsons, Stobbarts? Wink

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posted by downfader [192 posts]
8th February 2012 - 21:20

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You'd need some "shoulders" for a partnership with
Norbert Dentressangle ... Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [679 posts]
8th February 2012 - 22:31

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The next one of their drivers to be liable in a tangle with a cyclist is going to be for the high jump - suspect that will improve standards as much as anything else!

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2942 posts]
9th February 2012 - 9:49

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I might suggest to them that cyclists are given the chance of driving a truck just to see how hard it is. For completeness truck drivers should then ride a bicycle.

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [278 posts]
9th February 2012 - 9:59

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Here's a challenging question for you all, what is "tailswing"?

If cycling is indeed a sport of self-abuse why aren't more cyclists sectioned under the mental health act?

posted by hairyairey [278 posts]
9th February 2012 - 10:00

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tailswing - when the back end of a long vehicle protuding past the rear axle(s) exhibits a larger turning radius than the rest of the vehicle. This is because it is the axle that is in contact with the road surface, not the very rear. It is particularly pronounced with the trailing end for an articulated vehicle, such as with an articulated truck or (bendy)bus.

It's also a very bad idea to be close on the inside of an articulated vehicle on a bend because of the overhang issue.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2132 posts]
9th February 2012 - 10:46

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Great! good news for all concerned, oh P.S. I like the kit/colour scheme.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [571 posts]
10th February 2012 - 20:03

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