Appeal for safer driving around bin lorriesPublished Monday, 4th February 2019
Bin crews and council managers in Hartlepool are joining together to highlight concerns over reckless driving that is endangering staff and the public.
In recent weeks, there has been an increase in the number of near misses as impatient motorists drive along pavements.
A number of these incidents have been caught on CCTV, graphically illustrating the problem.
Tony Hanson, Assistant Director (Environment and Neighbourhood Services) at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “I’m sure the vast majority of residents will be shocked and appalled to see the footage of these near misses.
“Our bin crews work in all weathers providing a vital service to residents and businesses alike and these incidents are completely inexcusable.
“Vehicles driving on pavements might just as easily hit a child as a crew member and we will take action to prosecute impatient motorists where appropriate.
“We do understand people lead busy lives, but collections only take a few moments and we would urge drivers not to put our crews and other road users in danger.”