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Speedy Hire plc, has taken an initiative to keep its drivers safer - with the help of the UK's number one van, the Ford Transit.
Ford of Britain has presented Speedy with a Transit dropside to help kick-start the hire company's new national training centre for drivers and other staff. The move ties in with Ford's "Wise Van Man" safety campaign, through which the manufacturer is tackling negative perceptions of van-drivers by offering retail customers free driver-training packages.
Practical sessions are carried out both on the road and at the depot using the Ford Transit 2.4-litre, 3.5-tonne extended-frame diesel dropside with tail-lift and towbar. The Transit is finished in Speedy's Colorado Red and striped livery.
The dedicated training vehicle enables drivers to study safe driving, loading, unloading and towing skills, as well as tachograph use and manoeuvring techniques. All Speedy Hire drivers will be expected to undergo a two-day induction course at the Speedy Training Academy in Leeds, which hopes to offer courses to external trainees later in the year. It is already training around 14 drivers a week.
The Transit typifies the type of commercial vehicle trainees are likely to drive, although Speedy Hire also has around 150 Ford Transit Connects and 60 Ranger pick-ups on its fleet.
Gary Whittam, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: "We're very pleased to support such an excellent initiative, which ties in with Ford's own Wise Van Man campaign. We look forward to seeing more companies like Speedy Hire getting to grips with targeted in driver training."
Apart from reducing the risk of accidents, the Academy is intended to motivate staff. "This industry suffers from having a high turnover of drivers, which makes it difficult to set standards on safety and other issues," says Speedy Hire's Group Fleet Director Ian Leonard.
"We're trying to establish some consistency by offering drivers a competitive package that includes proper training. We're already seeing the drivers responding very positively to this initiative."
Based on Merseyside, Speedy runs a fleet of 1000 mainly Ford collection and delivery vehicles. The company has a turnover of more than £200 million, and more than 300 depots across the UK staffed by 3000 employees.
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