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Councils target pavement accidents

Kent councils have launched a campaign to prevent motorists endangering refuse collection crews by recklessly driving on pavements.

The social media campaign by the 13 councils in the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) and the police is named ‘Driving Recklessly on Pavements’ (DROPs).

It seeks to provide an insight into the dangers that collection crews experience by sharing CCTV footage from recycling and waste vehicles to shock irresponsible, thoughtless or impatient drivers.

Dave West, Biffa’s safety, health, environment and quality coach, said: “The waste industry puts up with more than 30,000 incidents of recklessly driving on pavements every month, seriously threatening the safety of both our staff and the general public. This is unacceptable, and we are dedicated to making sure the DROPs message is pushed nationwide to bring concrete improvements to people’s safety.

“We applaud the KRP and Kent Police for taking action on this serious issue, and we urge other waste companies, councils and police to follow in their footsteps.”

Partnership chair Rory Love said: “The 13 Kent councils are pleased to promote this safety awareness campaign to highlight the dangers our collection crews are facing every single day.”

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