Police Scotland urges HGV drivers to cut blowover risk

Latest news from Northumbria Police.
Latest news from Northumbria Police.

Police Scotland and the road haulage industry are joining forces to help lorry drivers stay safe this winter, especially when crossing the country’s high level and exposed roads and bridges.

Last winter, 11 lorries were blown over during a three week period between January 26 and February 16.

The initiative aims to educate HGV drivers to stay safe by following industry best practice and tying up side curtains when a lorry is carrying no load and by signing up for weather alerts to get advance notice before travelling during potentially hazardous driving conditions.

Superintendent Fraser Candlish, from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Although such instances are rare, when they do happen they pose a significant risk to the safety of lorry drivers as well as other road users, and can result in disruptive road closures.

“We are also encouraging operators and drivers in the road haulage industry to be prepared for bad weather, follow advice on social media and register for weather alerts from Traffic Scotland.”

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “Our Traffic Scotland service is a useful resource and we would urge drivers to check for the latest information before they set off on their journeys.”