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Cemex event looks to cycle safety

Cycle safety is a subject that the freight industry takes very seriously, particularly with statistics recording  3,000 cyclists are killed or seriously injured in road accidents across Britain every year and 18 per cent of cycle fatalities recorded resulting from conflicts with HGV’s. 

The 2013 Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Transport Manager Conference is featuring cycle safety as one of the main focus subjects on its agenda, and with the help of Cemex will be sharing with delegates the work that is being currently done by the freight industry to improve safety for all vulnerable road users. 

‘Getting a handle on cycle safety’ will examine the kind of requirements the industry will increasingly encounter, the impacts on the freight industry when cycling incidents occur, and the actions transport managers can take to minimise the risks.

Richard Claydon, CEMEX - Global Director Health & Safety said: “At CEMEX we treat health and safety as our No. 1 priority.  We have long since recognised that when considering the public, a matter of key importance is the safety of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.”

“As part of our work to improve safety for cyclists, we carried out a major review of the driver’s field of vision across our range of vehicles and to see what else we could to improve. 

“As a result, among the safety features we introduced were an additional ‘fish eye’ design mirror to remove the blind-spot for our drivers, and we designed and installed a sign for the rear nearside of the vehicles to help warn cyclists of the danger associated with them moving along the inside of the truck."

There will also be an interactive quiz session compiled by FTA’s Member Advice Centre (MAC), which will focus on compliance issues faced by transport managers on a daily basis, and FTA policy experts will be available at each conference to deliver essential updates providing delegates with guidance and best practice advice surrounding future legislation and enforcement changes.

The Transport Manager series will be on the road throughout the UK from September to December 2013. 

Venues and dates:

• Wednesday 11 September, Brands Hatch
• Wednesday 18 September, Durham
• Wednesday 25 September, Warrington
• Wednesday 2 October, Leeds
• Tuesday 8 October, Taunton
• Wednesday 16 October, Huntingdon
• Wednesday 23 October, Chepstow
• Wednesday 30 October, Dunblane
• Wednesday 6 November, Sheffield
• Wednesday 13 November, Southampton
• Wednesday 20 November, Slough
• Wednesday 27 November, Crawley
• Wednesday 4 December, Birmingham

The price for FTA members is £325 plus VAT for the first delegate and £275 plus VAT for subsequent delegates; the cost for non-members is £385 plus VAT for the first delegate and £345 plus VAT for subsequent delegates.

To book a place call the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 11 22 22.

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