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AA scoops £250,000 driver training deal with Royal Mail

THE Royal Mail, operator of one of Britain's largest fleets, has awarded a one-year, £250,000 contract to the AA Driving School, in a bid to further guarantee the safety of its employees. The AA beat competition from other major driving training organisations to win its largest yet training contract to provide about 6,000 Royal Mail van and car drivers with assessments throughout 1999, as well as a small element of learner-driver tuition.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: 'The safety of our people is paramount. Our drivers undergo extensive training before taking to the road. Those involved in the AA scheme will refresh skills already developed in the Royal Mail's comprehensive driver training from our own instructors. We are continually seeking ways in which to further protect and improve safety standards and the AA's involvement will enhance what we already have in place.'

The AA has taken over full responsibility for Royal Mail driver training. Royal Mail instructors will be given alternative jobs within the company. Particular attention will be made to getting drivers to keep a safe distance from vehicles in front. Getting too close is a common cause of accidents.

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