Newry Truckers Get on their Bikes for Road Safety

July 12, 2016

An innovative course for Truck drivers which gets them on bicycles to increase road safety awareness is coming to Newry in September thanks to the work of the Newry & Mourne Road Safety Committee.

As the popularity of cycling soars more bicycles have taken to our roads throughout the year, however cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road user groups and there are obvious dangers when bikes share the road with Lorries.

The “Safe Urban driving course” has been successful held in Belfast over the last few years following a partnership between the Freight Transport Association in partnership with Sustrans and the Public Health Agency. This is the first time it will be made available to HGV drivers in Newry.

The one day (7 hours) CPC accredited course involves practical and theory elements. Half of the day involves theory training in a classroom with an FTA trainer with the other half of the day involving drivers getting on bikes to gain a cyclists perspective of riding on and sharing busy urban roads with commercial vehicles alongside two Sustrans trainers.

The Newry & Mourne Road Safety Committee has been established to highlight road safety awareness in the local area. We plan to run a series of events and programmes each year. These will focus on vulnerable road users and major road safety issues.

The course will take place on Wednesday 28th September. The price is £70 plus Vat ( there is an additional charge of £8.75 for DCPC upload to DVA if required per delegate). The price includes tuition, materials, refreshments, bike hire, helmet and Hi-Viz jacket

As places are limited, we would request that any driver books onto the course by Friday 26th August 2016. To request more information or to obtain a booking form, please contact Tony McKeown on 07825 140160 or email info@newryandmourneroadsafetycommittee.org.uk

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