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We are pleased to announce that Training room classes have now fully resumed. Additional ADR & Driver CPC courses can now be found on our bookings website. Contact us if you require "in-house" training at your site and subject to availabilty this can be arranged.



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Operator Licence Awareness Training for Transport Managers & senior staff. This course is designed to update transport operators with regard to the requirements for holding an operator licence. Upon completion of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued to delegates which can be used as proof of CPD.



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We are pleased to confirm that classroom based courses have now restarted. "Hit" the book now button to view all the upcoming courses. We look forward to meeting all our old customers ( and new ones) shortly.

 

 



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We are very pleased to announce that classroom based courses have now resumed following the pandemic. "Hit" the book now button to view all available courses. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.



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As you are probably aware OCR are withdrawing from the Transport Manager exam system at the end of 2021. We have decided to join the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in order to be able to continue delivering Transport Manager exams.

Our Transport Manager course & exam that is being held in March will be the last under OCR all courses from that date  will be CILT. We will of course still offer re-sits under OCR for any delegates that need them and these will continue to be available until the end of 2021.

Please contact us if you reqire any further information or clarification.



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A new HGV Safety Permit based on the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is required for all HGVs over 12 tonnes driving within Greater London. DVS is a key part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London's streets. Please be aware that:

  • The DVS operates in the same area as the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
  • The DVS uses a star rating system to rate HGVs based on how much a driver can see directly through their HGV cab windows, ranking from zero star (the lowest level of direct vision) to five stars (highest level of direct vision)
  • To qualify for a permit, HGVs will require a minimum of a one star rating. Vehicles rated zero star will only be granted a permit if they are fitted with ‘safe system’ measures
  • The permit scheme will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year
  • From 1 March 2021, HGVs not holding a permit, or in contravention of permit conditions, will be issued with a £550 Penalty Charge Notice (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days) for each day the vehicle is driven within the DVS area
  • The permit is free to obtain and available now
  • Permit applications can take time to process so please apply now to ensure your vehicles have permits by 1st March 2021.
  • Visit TfL to apply for a permit
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We have now been advised that we can offer on-line ADR training. Delegates must have an internet enabled device with both sound & camera in order to take part. However exams must still be held at our training centre, as such whilst training can be online delegates will have to attend for 1 day to sit exams. Contact us if you wish to have ADR Training online and remember you can still allocate up to 3 days driver cpc to this course.

 



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Our Driver CPC Courses are starting to move on-line. Our next on-line course will be on Saturday 17th October. In order to attend an on-line course delegates must have an internet enabled device with both sound & microphone together with video capabilities.

You can book and pay for this course at our bookings website.



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As expected the Department for Transport has from 0001 hours on 18th March 2020 agreed a temporary relaxation in relation to the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales. But this is only for certain types of journeys !

Relevant drivers

The relaxations cover drivers involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals but NOT drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.

Relevant journeys

  • distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre)
  • from manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections)
  • from manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre)
  • between distribution centres and transport hub trunking
  • transport hub deliveries to stores

Timescale

It applies from 00:01 on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020 (unless lengthened or shortened) and only to relevant drivers.

Rules relaxations

a) ‘replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;

b) reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;

c) lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively;

d) postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight;

e) the requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving.

Drivers’ must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest.’

Recording requirement

The DfT requires that ‘The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits’ and notes that ‘This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of course, essential for enforcement purposes.’ Drivers should already be familiar with this procedure but if not need to be reminded and if necessary trained.

 



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