The campaign, called Think Safety First, is being introduced at all 37 depots and is aimed at improving working conditions for drivers and depot staff, as well as ensuring safety of parcels and freight.
The 14 new semi-trailers (pictured), from Don-Bur and Lawrence David, are fitted with numerous safety features such as extra LED lighting and curved couplings so drivers do not have to climb on the vehicle catwalk.
The vehicle cargo safety nets protect goods and drivers; other measures include the introduction of new forklifts and tugs to enable heavier freight to be moved more easily around the depots.
Gary Fox, health and safety director at Tuffnells, says ‘Think Safety First’ is designed to ensure safety is “front of mind” for everyone.
He adds: “Our retrofit dashcam programme is a really important part of our campaign, too, as it helps to enhance our entire fleet.
“The dashcam innovation gives our drivers greater safety assurance and protection in the event of an incident and helps us make the relevant changes to procedures to avoid reoccurring incidents in the future.
“For us, safety is not just about protecting our drivers, which is something we take very seriously, but it’s also about taking care with parcels and freight, which is why many of our vehicles are now equipped with cargo safety nets designed to stop parcels from falling and moving in transit.”