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01/10/2001

Factsheet 18 - Preventing Road Accidents involving Heavy Goods Vehicles

Factsheet 18 - Preventing Road Accidents involving Heavy Goods Vehicles

Road safety is a priority for the European Union’s transport policy. Although it is a shared responsibility between public authorities, enterprises and the general public, enterprises and employees in the transport sector should take a leading role. This factsheet outlines some basic good practice principles for the road transport sector Successful enterprises incorporate road safety into their quality policy In the E.U. some 800 lorry drivers are killed each year in road traffic accidents, making this a dangerous occupation. All employees, including in road haulage, have a right to safe and healthy work. Accidents also have an impact on company costs: enterprises that adopt a road safety policy generally reduce their operating costs as a result. Furthermore, road accidents involving heavy goods vehicles are damaging to the image and public acceptance of road haulage. For all these reasons, a firm commitment from road transport enterprises is needed to reduce the risks to your drivers.

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