A DANGEROUS driving incident has prompted a warning to drivers to take care around waste collection lorries.
Stratford District Council (SDC) has released footage of a car driving recklessly around a waste vehicle in a bid to promote safe behaviour on the road.
The film shows an impatient driver mounting the pavement to get around the refuse vehicle, instead of waiting – which not only puts the lives of refuse crews at risk, but also those of pedestrians.
Drivers approaching collection vehicles are advised to slow down, stay back and look out for crew members – overtaking only when it is safe.
All collection vehicles in Stratford district are fitted with 360o video cameras and have regularly recorded poor, dangerous and aggressive driving. All incidents are reported to the police.
Crews also wear high visibility shirts informing people they are being recorded, in the hope drivers will heed the warning as they approach or navigate around collection vehicles and crews on their rounds.
SDC councillor Ian Shenton said: “We collect over 5million bins a year and collection routes have been designed to minimise disruption to residents as much as possible. The vast majority of drivers recognise that collections only take a few moments, and it is unfair and even reckless for inconsiderate drivers to put crews and other road users in danger.
“This footage recorded from the cameras is shocking, as it shows a driver putting their own impatience above the safety of our refuse crews and other pedestrians and potentially putting lives at risk.”