Richard Burden MP visits Solihull to discuss company’s commitment to improving cycle safety
LAST month Lafarge Tarmac welcomed the Shadow Transport Minister and MP for Birmingham Northfield, Richard Burden, to their Solihull headquarters to discuss the company’s commitment to improving cycle safety across Britain’s roads.
Commenting on the visit, Richard Burden MP, said: ‘There is growing awareness of the need for more government and industry action to improve cycle safety and it is clear that a joined up approach is needed.
‘I was delighted to hear about Lafarge Tarmac’s industry-leading position on this important issue and to explore how private enterprises and public bodies can collaboratively do more to promote road safety across the country.’
Cyrille Ragoucy, chief executive officer of Lafarge Tarmac, said: ‘As responsible operators of the largest fleet in the industry, Lafarge Tarmac are committed to improving vulnerable road user safety across the UK.
‘There is an increasing effort from all parties to deliver safer vehicles, and ensure that drivers are better equipped to operate on roads that are increasingly being used by cyclists – we were delighted to have the opportunity to share our knowledge and experience on this subject with Richard.’
Lafarge Tarmac’s commitment to vulnerable road-user safety includes enhanced training for drivers and retrofitting older vehicles with approved safety equipment while ensuring that all new vehicles are fitted as standard.
The company is also part of the cross-industry working group of primary contractors, clients, fleet operators and trade associations which developed the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety Standard (CLOCS), setting out a consistent nationwide specification for HGVs and aiming to change driver behaviours by ensuring the delivery of progressive training.