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Tesco van drivers aiming for gold

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has introduced an advanced driving test for hundreds of its van fleet drivers in a bid to turn them into ‘gold standard’ road users.

The firm is working with RoSPA – the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – to include an advanced test as part of an internal employee improvement scheme.

All of Tesco’s employees work towards a series of awards – gold, silver or bronze – as their careers with the company progress.

Now Tesco has introduced RoSPA’s ROADTest as part of the criteria for the gold award for 600 drivers at 300 stores. It is the latest move in a two-year partnership between the organisations.

ROADTest was developed by RoSPA with driver training firm DriveTech. Launched last year, it is aimed specifically at those that drive for work, particularly company car and van drivers.

Those taking the test have to demonstrate a high level of driving skill, as well as an understanding of road risk issues such as journey planning, safe speeds, fatigue, drink and drugs, mobile phone use and the safe storage of equipment.

Cliff Cheeseman, Tesco’s training manager, said: ‘We need a high standard of driver who is competent in the mechanics of driving but who also recognises the importance of having a professional attitude at the wheel.’

RoSPA’s head of driver and fleet solutions, Charles Davis, said: ‘All drivers benefit from advanced driver training.

‘In fact, research has shown that advanced drivers are about 25% less likely to be involved in a road collision.

‘The advantages are clear – a safer and more efficient fleet with reduced accident and incident claims and repair costs, and a better company image.

‘Tesco’s forward-thinking approach sets a fine example for others to follow.’

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