Royal Mail rewarded for truck safety initiative

Royal Mail Network, the British national postal service, was today announced as the winners of the EuroTra Safety and Innovation Award 2009. EuroTra is an international network of training organisations active in the transport and logistics industry. Every year, in collaboration with Volvo Trucks, EuroTra selects the company that has made the best efforts to increase traffic safety and to improve the driver’s working environment.
Royal Mail Network launched efforts to actively reduce the number of serious accidents among its drivers and highlight the need for better overall safety in the transport sector. A study showed that over half of all accidents leading to injury occur when people move around the vehicle or manoeuvre the load. The efforts resulted in a concept truck with no less than 55 safety features, including a lighting system, sensors and cameras around both the truck and trailer. The concept truck will be used for a year in Royal Mail Network's daily operations for testing and evaluation.

The EuroTra judges awarded Royal Mail Network the first prize for, among other things, highlighting the need for safer working procedures and showing concrete ways of making the drivers’ environment safer, as well as increasing the safety for all other road users. 
“The driver is at the centre of our safety efforts. Besides building safe trucks that make the driver’s work easier, we want to take action at all levels to help improve the driver’s work environment,” says Carl Johan Almqvist, Volvo Trucks’ Traffic and Product Safety Director. “EuroTra makes an important contribution by highlighting and rewarding safety innovations, and we are eager to support these efforts.” 

About EuroTra
EuroTra is a network of 20 training organisations from 15 countries that trains over 350,000 people in transport and logistics every year. EuroTra’s primary objective is to stimulate development in training and road safety.

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