Safety first on borough's roads

A HARD-hitting safety course has been helping to make bus drivers safer on the borough’s roads.


Almost 200 staff from First Bus have taken part in the course, delivered by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, which makes use of the true to life film set at the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby.

The course aims to bring home the reality of road collisions by depicting the events following a fatal road traffic collision and the consequences for all involved.

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Paul Flanagan, First Bus Business Manager, said: "Feedback from delegates attending the events has been very positive and drivers often say that it is the best course they have been on. 

“We have also seen improvements in driving behaviour following attendance at the session. 

“Even though we were starting from a low base, we have seen a 52 per cent reduction in the number of on-road incidents involving drivers who have attended that course in the 11 months following the intervention, compared to the 11 months before.”

Joanne Wehrle, the interim Safer Roads Partnership Manager, said that a “bespoke” course could be offered to any businesses in South Yorkshire to raise awareness of their corporate responsibilities if they have staff who drive for work. 

She added: “For more information about the Safer Driving at Work sessions, contact the Safer Roads Partnership on 01709 832461.”

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