O’Donovan puts school children in the driving seat at City of London Road Safety Day

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London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal has been inspiring and educating school children as part of the City of London Corporation’s Road Safety Day at Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School.

O’Donovan represented the construction industry by bringing the Exchanging Places programme to the school – giving children the opportunity to learn about the relationship between cyclists and HGVs on London’s busy roads.

Exchanging Places is run by the Met Police and City Police, putting cyclists in the cab of a lorry to help them view the road from the perspective of the driver - encouraging collaboration, mutual learning and understanding.

Throughout the 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 and the work that is being done to ensure safe logistics operations on London’s roads.

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

O’Donovan provided two lorries for the children to experience – a Leyland AEC, from 1966 and a current Scania High Cab roll-on-off lorry, to show the children first-hand how innovation has led to improved safety features in lorries to keep vulnerable road users safer. O’Donovan logistics supervisor Paul Neal and fleet risk manager Liam Clement-Smith were on hand to educate the children and show them around the respective lorries.

O’Donovan managing director, Jacqueline O’Donovan, said: "It's vital that we educate children about road safety."

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