A waste management firm have this month (April) re-launched a campaign, aimed at keeping their collection staff safe, by targeting careless drivers and reducing the number of “near misses” between them and other vehicles on the road.
According to the latest statistics, there has been an increase in the number of “near misses” between collection staff from the waste management firm, and other vehicles, with in excess of 700 incidents being recorded last year in the 40 authorities the waste management firm operate in.
It has been reported that many of the near misses occur as a result of other road users mounting the pavement to try and get around the waste collection vehicles; and each year – along with the near misses – there are a number of incidents of collection staff being injured following traffic accidents.
In an attempt to prevent the number of accidents and near misses, collection staff for the firm are to be handed new high-visibility vests, which include a slogan advising car drivers to stay off the pavement.
A similar campaign was ran by the firm in August last year; and it has been reported that along with conducting the campaign, the waste management firm have reported incidents of careless driving to the local authorities.
Charges of careless driving carry penalties of between three and nine points on a licence or an immediate disqualification, in addition to a fine; whilst the accumulation of twelve penalty points can lead to a driver being disqualified.
It is therefore important that if you have been charged with careless driving, you seek the advice of dedicated motoring offence solicitors; such as the team at Lester Morrill, who will provide specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving a licence, wherever possible.