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Edinburgh council drivers could be required to take cyclist training

  • 12 May 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

HGV and van drivers working for City of Edinburgh Council could soon be required to undertake mandatory cycle safety training if a pilot cycle awareness course is approved.

Drivers for the council’s roads maintenance and repairs division took part in a pilot of its Initial Driver Awareness course last week, which covers classroom-based and practical training about sharing the road with vulnerable road users.

The course also gives advice on how they can prepare for journeys, different types of vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians, and how best to fit safety equipment to their vehicles.The drivers were also given the opportunity to develop their own cycling skills on the road.

The council hopes that the course, if approved, will form part of a series of training courses that its drivers are required to sit. It is also exploring the possibility of offering the training to haulage and logistics companies.

Transport Convener Lesley Hinds said: “By raising awareness of this with our drivers we are leading the way to creating an equal relationship between drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users alike.”


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