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Co-op fleet drivers to undergo one-to-one training

THE Co-operative group is putting 400 of its fleet drivers through one-to-one driver training.

The initiative will cover drivers in Peugeot cars and will back the company's current health and safety procedure which includes a safety handbook given to every driver.

It will be carried out by driver training group Peak Performance and is part of the Peugeot Driving Solutions programme for its fleet customers.

Human resources transport manager John Lawrence said: 'This year, we will be putting about 200 Peugeot drivers through one-to-one on-the-road training sessions with Peak trainers and ultimately will train all 400 in Peugeots. As part of our health and safety policy, we recognise the hazard and risk that can be associated with the requirement for employees to drive as part of their duties.

'All drivers are issued with a booklet called Rules for Driving on Business for the Co-operative Group, and the training sessions will complement and reinforce all areas covered.' The training covers practical driving skills and also aims to address issues such as vehicle checking and motoring legislation and will eventually extend to more than 2,000 drivers in vehicles from four manufacturers.

Lawrence said: 'Modern vehicles are not seen as frequently by garages, so it is extremely important that our drivers know how to carry out regular checks to ensure the vehicles they drive are roadworthy and are maintained in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.

'The trainers also pass on information regarding current trends and the latest legislation affecting vehicle operation, so there are multiple benefits.'

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