Highways England has joined forces with the Freight Transport Association to offer bespoke safety training for commercial drivers who use smart motorways.
The eight-hour, single-day course covers aspects such as different signals on the smart motorway network, driver behaviour and the role of traffic officers, as well as background on the history and future of the motorway system.
Senior Partnership Manager at Highways England, Wayne Carey said, “Hauliers are among the most frequent users of smart motorways so we want to ensure we are providing as much support as we can to ensure those journeys are as safe as possible. Smart motorways reduce congestion, improve journey time reliability and add much needed capacity to some of the most congested sections of motorway and we are delighted with the take up to date of this course. We urge any haulier who wants to sharpen up their skills to sign up.”
Malcolm Bingham, Head of Road Network Management Policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said, “FTA is conscious that hauliers would appreciate more advice about driving on smart motorways. That is why FTA has worked in partnership with Highways England to produce the training module which is now approved for use on the Driver CPC course programme.”