The easing of COVID restrictions means that life for the transport sector can start to return to normal.

For example, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) has resumed its cycle safety training for truck drivers.

The on-cycle sessions are part of FORS Professional courses to help drivers see life from a cyclist’s point of view.

FORS continued to run the courses online during the pandemic.

However, it is now able to offer face-to-face cycle safety training for HGV drivers.

The practical part of the training gives drivers first-hand experience of challenges faced by vulnerable road users.

In addition, it makes truck drivers more aware of their responsibilities behind the wheel.

Back in the classroom, there is a session concentrating on how drivers can share the road.

Furthermore, the training has been proven to work.

A survey of past participants showed that 89% of drivers said their understanding of issues faced other road users had improved.

Therefore, they are more than likely to recommend the scheme to other colleagues.

Sonia Hayward, FORS manager, was delighted to bring back the training into the FORS portfolio. 

“Many businesses are now beginning to welcome workers back to offices,” she said. “Therefore this, coupled with an increased desire to cycle for commuting and leisure, makes road safety training as important as ever. 

“We are really pleased to be able to offer these funded places to members once again.

 Continuing, Hayward said it was important training for all truck drivers.

“Commercial vehicle drivers are well versed in navigating busy roads from the perspective of their HGV cab or van. 

“However, many will not have cycled on busy routes for several years – if at all.”

FORS’ cycle safety training consists of two 3.5-hour modules.

One is in the classroom, while the other is out on the road.