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Driving Recklessly on Pavements (DRoPs)

Driving Recklessly on Pavements (DRoPs) is a streamlined reporting system enabling refuse operatives to directly report offending vehicles to Staffordshire Police.

Working closely with Biffa, Staffordshire Police developed the DRoPs initiative.

The system enables all statements and evidence obtained from Biffa vehicle's CCTV to be sent electronically to police, who review each case. No police officer is required to attend.

The Staffordshire Police / Biffa DRoPs system helps by educating offending drivers to give the Biffa refuse operatives and pavements a wide berth. The system also contributes to the safety of road users and pedestrians throughout Staffordshire.

DRoPs is now up and running in Staffordshire with 100 drivers having already been processed and a further 70 in November 2016 being forwarded to police for review. 

Offending drivers can be dealt with in a variety of ways, these being:

  • a fine and fixed penalty points
  • reported for summons for driving recklessly / without due care and attention
  • or by attending a Driving 4 Change education course 

The Driving 4 Change course offered by the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme aims to give practical driving skills as well as improved observational awareness.

The course fee is £80.00 in Staffordshire (but may vary throughout the country), and takes 2½ hours to complete. This practical driving course is delivered by a specialist advanced driver training coach. 

After successfully completing the course no further action will be taken. Details of the course completion is recorded and held on a national database. 

If the driver is involved in another similar offence falling under the same criteria within three years of the original offence, a second course will not be offered in lieu of proceedings.

Staffordshire Police advise all drivers to be patient when approaching or passing refuse collection vehicles and only pass when it is safe to do so - remaining on the road at all times.

 

The Staffordshire Police / Biffa DRoPs partnership has recently won two industry awards, these being:

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) 2016 award for best partnership working.
Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) 2016 award for Delivering Health & Safety Best Practice.

The Health and Safety Executive have also decided to use DRoPs in their new national website as an example of industry wide best practice, a major achievement.