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Venipak delivery driver suspended over aggressive driving

Parcel delivery company Venipak has suspended an aggressive driver who nearly caused a major crash on the Bauska Highway on Tuesday, November 14. A video capturing dangerous maneuvers between several trucks has drawn widespread resonance on social networks, and the company's responsibility is questioned, Latvian Television reported on November 15.

The video shows the company's Venipak courier not only driving aggressively but nearly causing crashes with many cars, including several trucks. Another photo shows a van from the same company overturned in Baldone.

Sanita Bērziņa, CEO of Venipak Latvija Ltd, explained that both cases are being investigated, and the aggressive driver has been suspended for the duration of the investigation:

"We have internal rules of procedure which require drivers, or couriers, to represent the company. Therefore, both road traffic rules and a number of other rules must be respected. We condemn aggressive driving in any circumstances that threaten both the courier itself and other road users. This is not acceptable and serious talks have already been conducted with both drivers."

127 people have died in traffic accidents this year. 3,689 have been affected. This is more than last year in the same period. Discussions on social networks also ask – what are Venipak company rules? Does faster delivery of parcels affect drivers' wages? The Labor Inspectorate is also involved. Venipak told Latvian Television that the salary of couriers depends on the volume of deliveries.

Meanwhile, several companies have placed stickers on their work cars calling for the driver's driving skills to be evaluated by calling the attached phone number.

Jegors Golubevs, Board Member of construction materials manufacturer Schwenk Latvija, confirmed to Latvian Television that this method is working. Within eight years, the driving culture in the company has significantly improved, and the number of accidents involving work cars has decreased.

"We realized we should be working on a culture of work for our drivers and our subcontracted drivers. They didn't like it, of course, because it was perceived as extra and unnecessary control. The driver knows he is being monitored and that another road user can make a call and that call will be investigated and we will be watching what has happened there," explained Golubevs.

Kristaps Amsils, Chairman of the Board of JSC “Dobele Miller”, also agreed that the stickers work: “I think the existence of such an inscription also works preventatively. Other road users, if there is any observation or they want to say anything about the particular situation, can immediately see information where it is possible to approach and convey what they need to say.”

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