Travis Perkins, headquartered in Northampton, visited Oakley Vale Primary School in Corby with their 14-tonne, specially adapted Safety Truck – the only one of its kind in the UK. Corby’s Mayor, Matt Keane, came down to see the truck in action and learn more about road safety.
The Travis Perkins Safety Truck, which has notched up more than 1,500 miles so far on its maiden tour, is supporting local councils, schools, police forces and fire services across the UK, to help educate people, particularly children, about heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and the dangers of busy roads.
The truck has already visited a number of schools and colleges across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and London this summer – it even has its own hashtag (#TPSafetyTruck) so that it can be tracked on social media.
The Travis Perkins Safety Truck was accompanied by its dedicated trainer – Walter Ross – who has been driving HGV’s for Travis Perkins for over 22 years.
At Oakley Vale, Walter delivered a hands-on presentation and allowed participants to get behind the wheel of the truck. Once in the cab, those taking part saw just how limited the driver’s view can be and were shown around the special features (including mirrors, CCTV and sensors) that all Travis Perkins’ trucks are fitted with.
Mayor Matt Keane said: “Road safety is so important for children to learn. As we approach the summer holidays it’s fantastic that Travis Perkins are going into schools with their safety truck to highlight how important road safety is. I really enjoyed seeing the demonstrations and would like to thank Travis Perkins for what they are doing. I would also like to wish all the children a fun but safe summer break. ”
Graham Bellman, Group Fleet Director at Travis Perkins Group plc, said: “As one of the largest fleet operators in the UK, Travis Perkins has a duty to ensure it does all it can to help keep all road users safe, wherever possible. We are extremely proud of our Safety Truck initiative, which is taking proactive steps to help educate communities and promote road safety across the UK.”
The Travis Perkins Safety Truck tour continues, future stops include: the Walsall Fire Station open day (Saturday 12th August), Bike Safe at Rockingham Motor Speedway (Saturday 19th August) and at the start of the London to Brighton cycle ride (September 16 – 17th).