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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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We are pleased to confirm our new training site opens in Felixstowe on Monday 2nd March. All public Driver CPC & ADR courses together with our Transport Manager courses will be held at the new site from this date. Private courses will of course still be available at customer premises.

We will be offering even more driver CPC & Driver ADR courses from our new venue, just visit our dedicated bookings website for the latest course updates : www.bookcoursesnow.com

 



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In this case profile, we look at a public inquiry involving a transport manager which offers a reminder that phone contact doesn't add up to continuous and effective management.

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The transport manager

During the hearing, the company’s former transport manager explained that he ran a transport and consultancy business, acting as TM on new licences while operators get their own CPC qualification. He was listed as a TM for three operators in total.


The issues

examiner_visitDVSA traffic examiner investigations were referred to the Traffic Commissioner. At the inquiry, the issues included:

  • loaned vehicle discs
  • running more vehicles than authorised
  • two drivers convicted for drivers hours’ offences, with driver interviews pointing to a lack of any real management of infringements by the TM
  • the use of an unauthorised operating centre
  • no facilities to conduct meaningful underside inspections of vehicles
  • average to poor maintenance documentation

The TM's evidence

drivershoursThe transport manager told the Commissioner one of the firm's directors hadn't wanted to deal with him directly for about a year. So everything went through a driver, who also carried out downloads.

The TM visited the operating centre once a month but most of his contact was via text message. He sent the PMI dates to the driver by text and got the downloads from him too. He usually saw PMIs within a week or two of completion but sometimes it was longer.

The TM said he was aware of how he’d failed and didn't want to be in the same position again.


The findings & decision

krTraffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney said the TM hadn’t made any realistic attempt, during 2018 at least, to debrief drivers on infringements. He'd "allowed a careless culture of non-compliance to fester".

Mr Rooney also said the TM took no action to correct wholly unacceptable maintenance arrangements.

Although the TM felt there was a lack of cooperation from the licence holder, the Commissioner pointed out that he didn't take any action to address this.

The TM was a transport manager in name only and therefore lost his good repute. He’s disqualified from acting in this role for three years and will have to sit and pass the TM CPC examination again once this disqualification ends.

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Our next Transport Manager Operator Certificate of Professional Competence Course begins in Ipswich W/C 27th November. This is an eight day course including the OCR exams for delegates who wish to obtain the CPC qualification.

Go to our dedicated bookings website at: www.bookcoursesnow.co.uk for further information and to book your place.



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