The man behind a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of driving on pavements, particularly for workers, has been recognised with a national award.
Dave West, health and safety manager at waste company Biffa, was presented with a RoSPA Archangel Award on 19 June – an accolade granted to individuals that ‘go above and beyond the call of duty to protect the lives and wellbeing of others’.
The DRoPS (Driving Recklessly on Pavements) campaign was launched by Biffa in January 2017, on the back of figures which show that waste collection operatives report 30,000 incidents of motorists driving recklessly on pavements each month.
Working with the police, Mr West developed a new prosecution/reporting system, including fitting Biffa’s trucks with 360 degree cameras, that within 12 months has been adopted by 20 police forces across the UK – and is recognised by many safety bodies.
Biffa has also introduced clearer hi-vis clothing and is working on a resident awareness campaign.
Errol Taylor, RoSPA chief executive, said: “Dave’s tireless work has spread the DRoPs message to every private waste and recycling contractor in the UK, every local authority, and even internationally.
“While the problem hasn’t stopped, the campaign has greatly increased awareness of such dangerous driving being unacceptable – and seen an increase in action against reckless drivers. That’s why we’re delighted to present him with our Archangel Award.”
Dave West said: “It was an honour to accept this award from RoSPA, not only for myself but also for those who played the critical roles which enabled us to achieve this key initiative and bring it to the fore.
“DRoPs is still gaining momentum from within and now from outside of the waste industry with the aim of not only reducing the risk for waste workers, but also members of the public who form a large part of the average 2,400 incidents which occur annually, resulting in pedestrians being struck by vehicles in this manner.”