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Veolia spends £1m on cycling safety measures for its fleet

Spending includes on-bike cycle training for all its drivers

Waste management firm, Veolia, is to invest £1m in an attempt to improve the cycle safety of its fleet. The money will be spent on audible and visual nearside warnings on all of its vehicles larger than 3.5 tonnes as well as cycle specific training for all its drivers. The latter will include time spent on a bike.

Veolia has over 3,000 vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or larger. Each will be fitted with an audible warning for cyclists whenever the vehicle turns left and also cautionary warning signs. The measures are already in place on each of the firm’s 18-tonne vehicles, but the decision has now been taken to extend the scheme. Upgrades will begin in London this month and should be completed nationwide by the end of 2015.

A second safety measure will be a cyclist awareness training programme, which will be completed by all drivers by September 2015. This will build on the existing scheme in London which sees drivers getting on a bike to obtain a “cyclist’s eye view” of an HGV as part of their annual CPC training.

John Matthews, fleet director for Veolia, said:

“By launching this initiative now and combining it with a comprehensive driver training scheme we are putting the onus on accident prevention. We believe there will be enforcement of a minimum cyclist standard for fleet operators in London in due course and these measures reflect the need to promote safety in a demanding operating environment.”

Although these developments are welcome, many believe that lorries could be designed to be a great deal safer for cyclists. Safety organisations recently sent a joint letter to the Transport Minister demanding progress on a law which would allow a change to EU design rules. It is said that France and Sweden are looking to have this legislation delayed by several years as it would open up Renault and Volvo to greater competition.

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Das | 9 years ago

Even if it prevents 1 less accident, one less death, one less families grief, its worth it imo.

dafyddp | 9 years ago

That's great news - they rightly deserve some recognition for taking these steps. £1m over 3,000 vehicles is around £350 per vehicle - less than the price of a tank of gas, I'd imagine, so it just goes to show how little operators need to spend to help make roads a safer place, and help save lives.

Yorkshie Whippet | 9 years ago

Driver Training
Lesson 1
Cyclist are human beings just like you.
Cyclist are allowed to be on most roads just like you.

Lesson 2
When approaching a cyclist take your foot off the gas pedal and cover the brake. If need be, slow down and prepare to stop. Cyclist need room and time to avoid being under your wheels and your time is not more valuable than a life destroyed.

Lesson 3.
There are dickhead cyclist just as there are dickhead HGV/bus/delivery van/car drivers. They may do things that are unexpected. Therefore go to Lesson 2.

That will be £20,000 consultant fee and £25,000 training fee.
Thank you

oldstrath | 9 years ago

All very fine, but I'm not sure how useful the warning, audible or otherwise, is when the driver charges past me, then pulls left, which is the bigger issue for someone who doesn't 'filter' up the left. Maybe the training helps, but enforcement would be nice as well.

AyBee | 9 years ago

Good for them! Can we have more cyclists training themselves too?  1

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