Survey highlights fear of foreign drivers

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One in three consumers is concerned at perceived poor driving ability of foreign truck drivers, according to a survey on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Forum.

It found that 96 per cent of consumers agreed that the road transport sector was important to the UK economy, but 29 per cent said they were deeply concerned with the perceived poor driving ability of foreign truck drivers.

Other concerns were excessive speed (17 per cent) and poor driving or lack of awareness from truck drivers in general (16 per cent). The same question posed to transport industry professionals again confirmed fears of driving standards among foreign drivers (40 per cent) while a lack of awareness from other road users was the greatest danger for 33 per cent of respondents.

RHA chief Geoff Dunning said: “As the only UK trade body dedicated solely to the road haulage sector, safety is a key issue for our members. UK hauliers are already subject to strict safety standards – it is our aim that the rest of the EU should follow our example.”

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