All to often these days we see You Tube videos of reckless and dangerous driving affecting the lives of cyclists. After my accident I have tried to raise awareness of the need for greater tolerance by all road users to allow us all to get to where we intend to be in a safe manner.
Yesterday I sent an email to a road haulier regarding a you tube video of a reckless pass by a lorry on a cyclist. I received a reply from the company’s Operations Manager and I am impressed by the manner in which he responded. I have copied it out below in full.
I often criticise, so it is only right I praise.
Perhaps there is a chance for us after all.
Thank you for your email regarding the YouTube video.
Fagan & Whalley Ltd take driver training and road safety in general very seriously and have invested much time recently in promoting cycle safety, both from the point of view of the HGV driver and indeed from the view of the cyclists.
As recently as this Monday we provided a HGV and our Training Coordinator to Greater Manchester Police as part of their on-going campaign for education of road safety.
In this instance it would appear the driver has misjudged the oncoming traffic island and had to cut-in sharply, and thankfully a collision was narrowly avoided.
The driver has been reprimanded for his actions and will attend our safety course in the very near future.
Thank you again for contacting us and be rest assured we take these instances very seriously