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CV drivers must take responsibility for safety

Date: 29 July 2010

Delivery drivers must take more personal responsibility to avoid attacks on themselves and their vehicles, according to solicitors Rothera Dowson.

The advice from transport lawyer Anton Balkitis at the Nottingham-based law firm comes after he noted increasing attacks on drivers and their vehicles, including thefts, freight robberies and personal attacks, experiences of which have led a number of drivers to seek medical and/or psychological attention.

Although some cases may attract Criminal Injuries Compensation, the amounts available under the tariff scheme are fixed and can be inadequate, with many cases resulting in no compensation being awarded.

Balkitis encouraged drivers to use secure truck parking areas and to make more use of protective devices including robust vehicle security technology.

Concerns over a rise in reported incidents is being addressed by the European Conference of Ministers and the International Road Transport Union, said Balkitis. In the meantime, he said: "Until there are more concrete measures in place on a practical level, drivers must take more personal responsibility. Drivers should also follow whatever guidance they are given by their employers and the various codes of practice available."

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