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September 15, 2009 04:00 ET

British Lorry Drivers Are Best Says Staveley Head

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2009) - The House of Commons Transport Select Committee this week issued its report on the enforcement activities of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) which indicates that British lorries and their drivers are far safer on the roads than their European counterparts.

The report states that Britain has one of the best safety records in Europe, and that the regulation and enforcement of the haulage and public service vehicle industries in the UK is the model of best practice in the world. Statistics gained from vehicle inspections at VOSA road-side test sites showed that compared to European vehicles, a far greater proportion of British vehicles passed roadworthiness tests, their drivers were far more compliant with drivers' hours and tachograph requirements and fewer British vehicles were found to be overloaded.

A spokesman for Staveley Head, one of the UK's leading HGV insurance providers, said "This report rightly confirms that British truck drivers are in the main conscientious and law-abiding, but it is a terrible condemnation of the standard of vehicles and drivers we are allowing on our roads from Europe. Other recently released statistics have shown that foreign drivers, particularly those from Eastern Europe, are eight times more likely to be involved in a serious road accident than British drivers. We have the statistics, we have the proof, but when will someone do something about it."

An example of the attitude of foreign drivers was evident earlier this week when a 29 year old Polish lorry driver was jailed for falling asleep at the wheel of his HGV in the middle of a busy motorway after drinking several bottles of Vodka. According to the police, he was found 'comatose' behind the wheel of his HGV on the M20, heading towards London from Dover. A breath-test showed that he was five times over the legal limit.

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