South Yorkshire bus drivers safer than before

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South Yorkshire bus drivers are the road to becoming even safer with one company enrolling all its staff on a hard-hitting course.

Bosses from bus firm First want all their drivers to attend a safety session run by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Based at the Lifewise Centre at Hellaby, volunteers use a film set to demonstrate the events following a fatal road traffic collision and the consequences for all involved.

Almost 200 First drivers have now attended the specially tailored course, developed by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and First.

It aims to raise awareness of company policies and procedures and reduce the number of collisions involving First buses and company drivers.

Paul Flanagan, First’s 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.

“We see the benefits to the company of sending drivers on this course. 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, added: “We are very pleased that First Group, one of the major bus operating companies in South Yorkshire, has chosen to work with us and to put so many of their drivers through the course.

“We can offer bespoke sessions for any businesses in South Yorkshire to raise awareness of their corporate responsibilities.”