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Network Rail have launched their nationwide awareness programme targeting motorists who drive for a living.
The programme is aimed at reducing the number of incidents at level crossings involving professional drivers, the programme will educate them on the safe use of level crossings.
The level crossings in Britain are among the safest in Europe but almost a fifth of the 142 near-misses that occurred in 2013 included a vehicle driven in a professional capacity. This includes buses, lorries, vans and taxis.
The programme involves Network Rail’s 100 level crossing managers, who are based all over Britain.
Network Rail is rolling out this programme amongst their own drivers, which has a capacity of approx 7,400 road vehicles. Julia Territt, head of fleet at Network Rail, said “Safety is our top priority and with one of the biggest fleets of road vehicles in the country, we want our drivers to lead by example. As well as ensuring that drivers are aware of the Highway Codes requirements on level crossing usage, such as the need to stop at amber lights, we want all professional drivers to be aware that misusing a level crossing not only puts their life at risk but also their livelihood.
The company has produced a range of pack materials, which employers can distribute to their drivers and/or include in training packs. It is also working with companies to deliver bespoke interactive presentations and forums, where it will work with other drivers to reinforce good level crossing use practice.
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