MPA Focuses on Vulnerable Road User Safety at Hillhead 2018 with Launch of New Tools for Drivers

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26th June 2018

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is highlighting the issue of Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Safety at Hillhead 2018 in a drive to address recent data which indicates that the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists sharing road space with other vehicles is still very much an issue for the industry.

Two new products will be introduced during the show which are designed to expand and enhance MPA’s VRU Safety Toolkit.

The MPA Company Car & Van Handbook will complement the existing MPA Driver’s Handbook, launched at Hillhead 2016 and now exceeding a distribution of 60,000 copies. It has been jointly developed by the members of the MPA’s Transport and Health and Safety Committees as a guidance document for drivers of cars and vans to help them understand and manage the risks that they face and create when driving and operating vehicles for work.

The MPA Driver’s App has been developed to deliver a one stop shop for like-minded professional drivers. Developed as part of a wider Transport for London (TfL) funded initiative and in-line with the latest VRU safety information and the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) standard, the App will enable drivers to stay up to date with all the latest information regarding their own safety, health and well-being, as well as the safety of those they share the road with. Features will include information on common vehicle standards and best practice across the industry, a facility to track CPD and log personal qualifications, the ability to register near misses, as well as latest news and social media updates.

Commenting, Nigel Jackson, MPA’s Chief Executive said: “Every year vulnerable road users are killed or injured in collisions with industry tippers and truckmixers. As a founder member of the CLOCS initiative, MPA is keen to help equip both its members and the wider industry with tools that aim to help professional industry drivers play their part in improving VRU safety.”