Transport for London (TfL) has developed the new seven-hour course ‘Van Smart’ that is specifically designed for van drivers and meets the mandatory Vulnerable Road User driver training requirements of CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cycle Safety), FORS Silver and TfL’s WRRR (Work Related Road Risks).
The Van Smart driver training programme endorsed by DVSA, aims to reduce work-related road risks and create long-term behaviour changes in the van sector by bringing about professionalism amongst the drivers.
The vast majority of van drivers are hard-working, reliable and dedicated individuals who look after their vans and are proud of their driving skills and ability to share the road effectively with other users. However, it is all too easy to some to forget some of the risks they may pose to themselves and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. In London, vans cover 80% of all freight mileage, 10% of road traffic accidents involve a van and 11% of those incidents result in serious injury or fatality. A DVSA report revealed that many vans fail their MOT first time and 89% of those stopped were found to be overweight.
Van Smart driver training will help ensure drivers are compliant with the law and more aware of the risks faced by vulnerable road users on a daily basis whilst sharing the road.
What is Van Smart?
The Van Smart course focuses on challenges of driving in cities in a way that lowers the risk to vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.
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