Highways England has announced it will be offering breakdown recovery companies an eight-hour, single-day training course to aid them in working safely on smart motorways.

The course will teach operators ‘safe working practices when attending breakdowns or collisions’. It’s stated to give ‘practical, relevant’ training about things, such as formulating a recovery plan and taking into account the lack of a hard shoulder.

‘Key safety principals’ of smart motorways, according to Highways England, includes that vehicle recovery operators are never expected to recover a vehicle in a live lane.

The training, which is said to be the first of its kind for the recovery industry, is thanks to Highways England partnering with the Network Training Partnership (NTP).

Colin Stevenson, strategic partnerships manager at Highways England, said: “The course has been developed specifically or roadside rescue and recovery drivers who use the motorway network.

“Those completely the course will have a better understanding of the different types of smart motorways.”

Gary Tucker, managing director of NTP, said: “We have delivered training to over 3000+ delegates as part of our series of courses, many of whom work within the recovery industry.

“It is imperative that individuals attend this training to improve knowledge and safety of both the breakdown and recovery industry and the general public.”