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RoSPA delivers HGV safety training in UAE

Thursday 10th July 2014

RoSPA has partnered with UAE-based Tristar Transport to deliver road safety awareness training to more than 500 heavy-vehicle drivers.

RoSPA was commissioned to launch the workshops under the auspices of the UAE’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

Bus, truck, trailer and tanker drivers from across the UAE attended the workshop which covered defensive driving and safe decision making. RoSPA has also trained Tristar employees to deliver the workshops in the future, which will increase training across the region.

Keith Bell, from RoSPA’s driver and fleet solutions team, said:“One of the key ways to improve road safety is through education that is tailored to the local driving culture. RoSPA has a strategy of helping local people to help other local people through consultancy and trainer certification.”

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This I must admit is strange to me. I went for 3 days away and used about 110 miles of motorway. On the Friday (a working day) I saw a lot of HGVs and some (not all) were tailgating and where there were a number of HGVs to overtake they remained in the middle lane and this also caused a rolling road block by being two aside.

However on Sunday (a non working day) whilst I admit that there was a smaller percentage of HGVs on the road and they were in single file and about 150 mtrs apart, so no tailgating and therefore when they overtook they simply moved in earlier and caused less congestion.

Why can't this happen every day?
bob craven Lancs

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I hope that they mentioned tailgating and overtaking such as the recommendation that the vehicle being overtaken should assist the vehicle that is overtaking by slowing down, dropping back and allowing the overtake to take place and to maintain a two second gap if someone overtakes and pulls into the gap in front of them. HIGHWAY CODE 168

Further that they should not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if they are driving a large or slow moving vehicle. Check their mirrors frequently and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass. HIGHWAY CODE 169
bob craven Lancs

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