London primary children taught HGV road safety awareness

O’Donovan Waste Disposal took part in an HGV awareness event at the Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School last week, teaching children how to stay safe around lorries on London’s busy roads.

The Tottenham-based operator provided two lorries for an Exchanging Places session at the school, run by the Metropolitan and City of London Police forces, which puts cyclists in the cab of a lorry to learn the driver’s perspective.

Throughout the event, which formed part of the City of London Corporation’s Road Safety Day, 180 children – aged between 5-11 years old – took part in both classroom and playground-based activities designed to teach them the importance of road safety.

In addition to Exchanging Places, the children got involved in activities including cycle skills, road safety quizzes and magic tricks.

odonovan2O’Donovan provided two lorries for the children to experience – a 1966 Leyland AEC and a current Scania High Cab tipper – to show the children first-hand how innovation has led to improved safety features in lorries to keep vulnerable road users safer.

MD Jacqueline O’Donovan said: “It’s vital we educate children about road safety and, as a progressive company known for bold decisions, we are keen to ensure we are making the best choices to help further protect vulnerable road users – and this includes an education process for the younger generation.”

She added: “We continue to make significant ongoing investments in our fleet and drivers to ensure that we are in the best possible position to do this.”