FORS was delighted to recently hold the first fully funded Safe Urban Driving (SUD) course in Northern Ireland. The course is a requirement for FORS Silver and also counts towards Driver CPC.
The course took place at Leighinmohr Hotel in Ballymena and was attended by 20 delegates from a wide selection of local operators, including McBurney Transport, Mar-Train, Height for Hire, Specialist Joinery Group and Donnell & Ellis.
The course consists of two 3.5 hour modules, one classroom based and one practical module. The theory module focusses on sharing the road safely and highlights the vulnerability of other road users. It also explains how urban streetscapes are evolving to encourage more walking and cycling. Other topics include collision avoidance and defensive driving, as well as hazard recognition and perception.
During the practical module drivers get on bikes to experience a cyclist’s view of the road. After initial bicycle control skills training, drivers cycle around the local area to gain experience of potential areas of conflict including junctions and traffic lights. This gives drivers a cyclist’s perspective of riding on busy roads and an understanding of the issues faced by vulnerable road users.
Feedback from the course was positive, with 95% of the attendees stating their attitude towards vulnerable road users has changed and that they will give more consideration to issues faced by vulnerable road users.
‘We were delighted to be able to offer this funded course for the first time in Northern Ireland, and that so many responsible operators sent their drivers along to participate on the day. FORS membership has grown significantly in Northern Ireland this year and we are glad to provide our members with relevant and ongoing training such as this,’ said Peter Morrow, FORS Manager Northern Ireland.
If your drivers missed out, there is more good news: another funded SUD course will be running in Northern Ireland, on 5 September. For more information on the SUD course, and to book a place, please click here.
Report by Rachel Pearson – Major Accounts Manager at Fuel Card Services
Posted on 16th August 2017
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