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FMG showcases incident recovery techniques to Transport Secretary

Working alongside one of Europe’s largest specialist recovery operators, Cheshire-based Egertons Recovery Ltd, the “Clear project” mirrored the removal of an overturned vehicle from a restricted carriageway, whilst maintaining traffic flow. The demonstration also showcased how screens were coming into use, to prevent other motorists “rubber necking” and causing additional delays and risks to recovery operations.

The demonstration was coordinated by FMG’s Head of Network, Jim Dawson, who gave the Secretary of State a running commentary during the recovery. Dawson said: ‘The Minister was interested to understand the process, and the latest techniques for keeping Britain’s roads moving during times of potential disruption. Incidents have an obvious human impact, but the impact can also be felt on business and UK plc. Delays caused by accidents can cost companies time and money, and it’s vital that we continually reappraise our procedures, and use practice events like this to ensure we’re prepared for all eventualities.’

The demonstration follows the re-awarding of the Highways Agency National Vehicle Recovery Manager (NVRM) contract, which will see FMG provide recovery services for the Highways Agency across England’s strategic road network for up to seven years.

During the past five years that FMG have been handling the NVRM contract, they have dealt with over 48,000 incidents and have helped the Highways Agency to reduce response times to incidents. FMG has garnered a reputation for efficiently dealing with the most complex recoveries and helping to minimise disruption.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.