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Drivers passing by the Beaconsfield service area on the M40 now have an added incentive to make a short stop: the first ever motorway pub opened in Britain. The Beaconsfield service area can be found near Junction 2 in Buckinghamshire.

The HGV Training Centre offers HGV training in Buckinghamshire, so we are interested to see what happens with the pub in the weeks and months to come. It goes without saying that the opening of the new pub has met with some criticism from organisations like the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Royal College of Physicians.

The consensus among those who are unhappy with the development is that the pub, called the Hope and Champion, sends the wrong message to drivers who might be tempted to mix alcohol with motoring. The pup will be open daily from 4 AM to 1 AM, serving a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Supporters of the pub say the new establishment will help the local economy while providing drivers with a new option at the Beaconsfield service area. They say it is reasonable to trust drivers will use common sense when visiting the site. If the opening of the Hope and Champion appears to have no adverse consequences, we can probably expect to see more in the future.

Training Even More Important

We want to be careful not to immediately condemn the Hope and Champion before we have seen the results. However, this development once again establishes how important it is for commercial drivers to receive proper training. Stopping at the Hope and Champion should never even be a thought for commercial drivers while on duty. That is something driver training should reinforce at every level.

We do not expect this to be a problem among most of the UK’s commercial drivers. The vast majority of them are highly responsible and law-abiding. However, among the small number that might consider a visit, timely safety reminders may be necessary.

At the HGV Training Centre, we take safety very seriously. Our HGV training in Buckinghamshire focuses heavily on making sure drivers understand the law and follow it at all times. We also stress how to safely operate HGV on public roads above and beyond what the law requires.

When commercial drivers implement safe driving practices, everyone on the road benefits. And like it or not, commercial drivers bear an extra measure of responsibility because of the size and weight of the vehicles they drive. These are principles our drivers fully understand by the time they complete their training with us.

If you are in need of HGV training in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere in the UK, we hope you’ll consider the HGV Training Centre. We are an industry leader in the UK with more than 45 facilities staffed by expert trainers. We can help you earn your licence in a matter of weeks rather than months. Moreover, once you complete training, we will even help you look for work through our comprehensive and up-to-date jobs database.


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