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The Driver CPC requirements implemented throughout the EU are intended to make sure HGV and PCV drivers are both competent and proficient. The idea is to reduce accidents and make the haulage and transport industries as efficient as possible through ongoing training and assessment. Yet not even the most stringent CPC driver training is 100% foolproof. Accidents still happen. And sometimes those accidents result in strange things being spilled across the road.

The BBC recently published an article discussing some of the stranger substances that have ended up on our roads after HGV accidents. The article was inspired by a crash that resulted in a motorway slip road being covered by 24 tonnes of lard. That must certainly have been one incredible mess to clean up.

Some of the other substances mentioned by the BBC were:

This is just a small sampling of the interesting spills we have seen over the years. The good news is that most of the crashes involving these kinds of things do not result in any serious injuries. The bad news is that the crashes still cost money and manpower.

CPC driver training is intended to reduce the numbers of these kinds of accidents by making sure drivers are competent. The requirements are relatively new, but already we are seeing some improvement on UK motorways. Ongoing CPC driver training should only improve things.

Sources:

BBC – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-34796853

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