GPI Invests in Putting Safer Commercial Vehicle Drivers on UK Roads

Leading folding carton manufacturer, Graphic Packaging International (GPI), has successfully implemented a number of initiatives to ensure that its commercial vehicle drivers are amongst the safest on the UK’s roads.

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In 2017, the company has successfully upgraded its Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) from Bronze membership to Silver. The voluntary accreditation scheme promotes best practice for commercial vehicle operators across the UK.

As part of the Silver accreditation assessment, 25 GPI drivers took part in a four-hour cycling proficiency test on streets local to GPI manufacturing sites to give drivers empathy with the vulnerable road users they regularly share the road with.

In addition, the company has invested over £46,000 in the installation of a five-way camera system to every truck and van in the fleet. Notably, the advanced system sounds when the vehicle indicates left from stationary or when travelling under 10 miles per hour, to warn road users not to enter the driver’s blind spot.

Ian Widdowson, Group Warehouse and Distribution Manager at GPI said: “We’re extremely proud of the progress we’ve made to ensure our commercial drivers are amongst the safest on the roads. Distribution is core to our business and the safety of our drivers and the general public is something we take very seriously.”

As well as FORS, GPI’s investment in its transport and logistics employees has seen three of its employees receive the Transport Manager Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) in the last two years. The CPC is a legal requirement of the operator licensing system for standard national and international licenses.

The company will continue to focus on its commitment to a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible transport and logistics service into 2018 with a reinvestment in its lorry fleet.

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