Changes to fines for commercial drivers

Changes to fines for commercial drivers

Changes to fines for commercial drivers

(Forward post from DVSA)

Changes to fines for commercial drivers rules will affect lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive tired will be fined for every time they’ve done it in the last 28 days.


How to apply for an Operator Licence

How to apply for an Operator Licence

How to apply for a operator licence? I often get asked how do I apply for an operator licence and questions relating to the process. This is mainly because it can seem like a daunting prospect as there are many detailed aspects to the process which will need thoughtful consideration. There are also many pitfalls and if you don’t get it right, could only delay the granting of the licence or worse the application could be rejected. So here is my guide on how to apply for an operators licence the right way and to help speed up the process.

Step 1. Online or snail mail

Decide whether you are going to use the online application system or use the traditional downloadable paper version via the post. Either way you will need to complete the GV79 form. In the summer of 2016, the office of the Traffic Commissioner launched its online application service for applying for an operator licence, which I have to say is very good. You complete the GV79 form, pay the fees and you can even upload all the requisite documentation, all from the comfort of your computer. Which ever option you decide to use, be methodical!

Step 2. Get it together, be prepared

Ensure you have all the requisite information, documentation and forms you need before you start the application.

  • Download the correct forms – If you are going down the paper route, make sure you download the latest GV79 version from .gov website. You’ll also need the guidance notes and requisite annexes, A. Advertisement, B. Current financial levels, C. Scale of fees, D. Maintenance contract and in some cases E. supplementary environmental information. All can be found here.
  • Contact information – This the main person dealing with the application. They must available to be contacted during the weeks after the application has been submitted
  • Contact address – This is the address used for correspondence. It can not be a PO Box or third party address and must be an address in Great Britain
  • Establishment address – This is the address in which the business keeps its core business documents, specifically relating to the operator licence. This can be the same as the contact address
  • Company information – What is your trade and are you a Limited Company, Sole Trader, LLP, partnership, sole trader etc. You will need to provide company information as it appears on the Companies House website. You will also need to provide names and date of births of all Company Directors
  • Type of licence – Do you require a Standard, Standard International or a Restricted Licence. Click here for more information on types of licence
  • Transport Manager – If you are applying for a standard or standard international licence, you will need to employ the services of either a full time or external transport manager to demonstrate professional competence. You will need the TM1 form and guidance notes (included on the online version) and the original CPC certificate. Restricted licence holders do not need to employ the services of a transport manager. However, I can not stress the importance of ensuring you at least have access to professional advice and or consider employing the services of a professional consultant. As for as compliance is concerned, restricted licence holders are subject to exactly the same legislation as standard holders.
  • Vehicles – How many vehicles and trailer are you going to use? If you’re planning to expand the business in the not to distant future, it may be worth adding in a margin. You’ll also need the details of your vehicles if you know them. If you’re hiring for more than one month you will need to provide the vehicle(s) details
  • Safety inspections – You’ll need to state the maximum number of weeks between safety inspections, and details of who will be carrying out the inspections. There are a number of factors to consider here. What will the annual mileage be, what kind of work will the vehicles be subject to. If you’re unsure get advice. You’ll need to get a signed contract between you and your supplier if you are out sourcing. See annex D. Maintenance contract
  • Operating centre details – This is where your vehicles and trailers will normally be kept. You must ensure that you have enough off-street parking spaces at your operating centre(s) for all of your vehicles and trailers. You will need to state whether the premises is owned by you, leased or rented. If rented or leased you’ll need to get a letter of permission from the landlord
  • Advertisement – You will need to advertise your intentions via a local paper. Make sure you use the correct format and wording. See Annex A. This will be at your expense, usually around £300 to £450
  • Financial evidence – You need to show the traffic commissioner that you have sufficient financial resources to maintain your vehicles and run your business. Make sure you provide original evidence of financial documentation. Note the rates change every January! This is very detailed by nature, familiar yourself with annex B. and guidance note 13
  • Previous licences – Gather information relating to anyone named on the application (including partners, directors and transport managers) who:
    • Currently or have previously held a goods or public service vehicle operator’s licence in any traffic area.
    • Has had a licence refused, revoked, suspended or curtailed in the EU
    • Have attended a Public Inquiry before a traffic commissioner
    • Have been disqualified from holding or obtaining an operators licence by any traffic commissioner
    • Within the last twelve months, have you, your company or organisation or your partners or directors purchased the assets or shareholding of any company that, to your knowledge, currently holds or has previously held an operator’s licence in any traffic area
  • Convictions – Get information and background details on anyone named or has any connection with the application who has been convicted of any relevant offence. So that’s partners, directors, transport managers, any company named on the application, parent company if you are a limited company or any employees or agents
  • Payment information – You can pay by card online or by cheque/postal order and card via the paper version. You’ll need the signature of who the person paying. For current rates go here.

Step 3. Complete the application

For the online application you’ll need to register which is very quick and easy. You’ll also need to register with Verify which is a way to prove who you are online. You still have an option to print and sign. Make sure you have all the requisite documents. Check the check list below. There’s also a check list on the GV79 form and on the online version.

Check list

  • I have completed all applicable questions on this form
  • I have checked that the declaration is signed and dated by an authorised person
  • I have provided the whole page of the newspaper for each advertisement I have placed. The date and the full title of the newspaper are shown on the page holding my advertisement. (See guidance note 10 and Annex A)
  • I have provided original financial evidence in accordance with Section 13 and Guidance Note 13. I understand that photocopies are not acceptable
  • I have enclosed a cheque or provided payment details to cover the application fee and I understand that this fee will not be returned to me even if my application is withdrawn or refused.

All applicants for either a Standard National or International operator licence must supply the following information.

  • I have enclosed original Certificate(s) of Professional Competence in Road Haulage Operations or evidence of qualification(s) giving exemption, for all Transport Managers listed on my application
  • I have enclosed completed and signed TM1 forms for all Transport Managers listed on my application. You may need to supply the following information depending on your answers to questions 12b), 13b) and 15a)

Depending on your answers to these questions further information may be required for some applicants.

  • I answered Question 12b) by stating that an external contractor would carry out the safety inspections for this licence and I have enclosed a copy of the maintenance contract with that contractor. (See Annex D)
  • I answered ‘Yes’ to part of Question 13b) and I have enclosed the relevant documentary evidence of the relevant insolvency history
  • I answered ‘Yes’ to Question 15a) and I have enclosed full details of the background circumstances of all convictions declared.

Step 4. Undertakings and Declaration

You will need to read and digest the licence undertakings. Once understood you can sign the declaration. This must be either the owner, partner or director. As mentioned for the online system, you’ll need to prove who you are via the Verify service as well.

I have provided these below so you have a prior understanding of an operators’ responsibilities. Once you have

Operator Licence Undertakings

I understand that by signing the application I am accepting the undertakings below; that they will be recorded on the licence; that failure to comply with the conditions or undertakings recorded on the licence may result in the licence being revoked, suspended or curtailed; and that failure to comply with these conditions is also a criminal offence.

  • The laws relating to the driving and operation of vehicles used under this licence are observed
  • The rules on drivers’ hours and tachographs are observed, proper records are kept and that these are made available on request
  • Vehicles and trailers are not overloaded
  • Vehicles operate within speed limits
  • Vehicles and trailers, including hired vehicles and trailers, are kept in a fit and serviceable condition
  • Drivers report promptly any defects or symptoms of defects that could prevent the safe operation of vehicles and/or trailers, and that any defects are recorded in writing
  • Records are kept (for 15 months) of all driver reports which record defects, all safety inspections, routine maintenance and repairs to vehicles, and that these are made available on request
  • In respect of each operating centre specified, that the number of vehicles and the number of trailers kept there will not exceed the maximum numbers authorised at each operating centre (which will be noted on the licence)
  • An unauthorised operating centre is not used in any traffic area
    Furthermore, I will notify the traffic commissioner of any convictions against myself, or the company, business partner(s), the company directors, nominated transport manager(s) named in this application, or employees or agents of the applicant for this licence and, if the licence is issued, convictions against the licence holder or employees or agents of the licence holder
  • I will ensure that the traffic commissioner is notified within 28 days of any other changes, for example a change to the proposed maintenance arrangements; a change in the financial status of the licence holder (e.g. if placed in liquidation or receivership), or a change to Limited Company status or partnership, that might affect the licence, if issued.

Step 5. Get it checked

I can not stress the importance of getting a second set of eyes to check over your application for an operator licence. The devil is in the detail and you simply can’t afford to leave anything out. This could be a colleague who understands transport or if it’s just you, you could use the services of a professional consultant.

Step 6. Send

For the online system, once you have scanned all the requisite documents, just click to send. For the paper version, collate all your documents and importantly, make sure you send your operator licence application via ‘signed for’ post!

Remember, if you do not send all the information needed it will lead to a significant delay in the application, or the application could even be refused.

Top tips

  • Make sure financial evidence is in the name of the applicant or licence holder
  • Provide original documents with your application
  • If you’ve only just opened your account, get an opening statement from the bank showing the required level of money for your licence
  • Make sure you’ve got enough to support the number of vehicles you have applied for
Operating Centre and Maintenance
  • If you don’t own the site, get written permission from the person who does
  • Make sure your advert is published in a newspaper that can be bought in the area where your operating centre is located
  • Check the advert wording is correct before sending it off to the newspaper
  • Make sure your advert is placed in the newspaper within the required timescale
  • If maintenance isn’t in house then complete a formal contract signed by you and the contractor
Transport Manager (standard licences)
  • Make sure your transport manager’s original CPC is provided with your application
  • Complete the TM1 form with your transport manager
  • If your transport manager will be specified on more than one licence, set out how they will meet all their responsibilities in a separate letter
Previous history
  • Tell the Traffic Commissioner about any operator licences you’ve previously held or been involved in
  • Make sure you disclose any adverse financial history of other businesses you’ve owned (not just transport)
  • Tell the Traffic Commissioner about any convictions and penalties for you or the business

Main reasons for delays and rejections

  • Forms not being completed in full (including TM1 from for standard applications)
  • Incorrect information on forms
  • Incomplete documentation
  • Financial standing not being met
  • Maintenance contracts not being submitted

In conclusion

Make sure you have all the required information and you have the correct information ready for your application of your operating licence. Make sure you have the correct types of documentation, be methodical and get it checked!

For further reading and information, I have complied the definitive list of .gov and DVSA downloadable guides and forms.

If you require any advice or you would like help with your operator licence application, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!



Great ways to make Driver CPC training more exciting

As Driver CPC trainers we’re always looking for great ways to make Driver CPC training more exciting for drivers. Not only do we need to ensure our delegates are kept engaged and motivated throughout the session, we trainers also need to be motivated as we’re teaching driver CPC day in day out.

Teaching is an art form. Great trainers hold our attention, make us laugh, help us to fully understand complex subject matter and, most of all, inspire us!

Get off to a good start

Kick off by giving a overview of you and brief history of your achievements. What your experience is and why you love teaching. Tell your your attendees what you are going to learn and how those skills will help them achieve their goals. Break down inhibitions by using an ice breaker. For example, you could ask drivers to break up into groups of two, one delegate will tell the other where they are from, who they work for and an interesting nugget of information the class will find funny. Each will tell the rest of the delegates about the other.

Change the room layout

Training rooms tend to be laid out in the same way, rows of tables and chairs. The easiest way is to just rearrange the room into a more interesting layout each time you deliver training.

Your choice of venue can also have an impact on engagement. A space full of light, colour and texture can prove far more inspiring than a bland, windowless meeting room.

Use props

To make your teaching even more visual, add in some real life props. These could be practical items such as old vehicle units, a model of a vehicle, straps, charts etc….anything that will help liven up the proceedings and help people to remember.

Although the nature of Driver CPC training is serious, it is important to remember that people learn best when they are having fun.

Play games

Which leads us nicely on to……games are a brilliant way for people to learn without even realising it. This could be ‘Generation Game’ style tasks, quizzes, puzzles, crosswords, memory games or ordering tasks – anything that focuses the attention. You can even do it against the clock for extra excitement.

Introducing a quick quiz at the end of each content section, helping recap on what’s been learned. You could offer a small prize for the winner!

Accommodate different learning styles

People learn in different ways. Some of us are visual learners, preferring pictures, videos and diagrams, while others respond to spoken and written word, music, logic and reasoning or even physical activities.

Try to vary your teaching by combining traditional linguistic teaching methods, with audio and visual presentations, written handouts, interactive tasks, and group work. This will provide an inclusive environment for all learning styles and ensure no one gets left behind.

Facilitate Engagement in Training

It’s important to create an emotional connection with the learner. Storytelling is great way to facilitate engagement in training. Case studies are a great way to tell a story and show impact.

Tell stories or use metaphors

Try to make it relatable to everyday life by using real examples and case studies or even creative metaphors or parables.

By associating imagery that is left of field to what you are actually teaching, such as comparing driver to a golf club, I think you can see where I went with that. This way you can more easily embed it in your delegates’ memories.

Keep it short

One of the best ways to keep your audience engaged is not overloading them with information. Go on too long and the brain simply shuts off and people stop listening.

As Driver CPC is taking place over the course of a day, schedule in plenty of short breaks. As well as giving attendees a chance to get up, walk around and take refreshment, you should also facilitate ‘downloading’ of learnings.

Give them time to write and organise notes and assist them by providing pens, pads, sticky notes and highlighters etc.

Provide recognition and reward

Training participants will be more motivated to successfully complete the course if their efforts are recognised and they have something to show for it at the end.

Make attendees know they will receive personalised certificates to mark their participation and perhaps also consider extra incentives such as a competition or small prizes for top students. An element of good-natured competition can keep the attention of those attendees with a competitive streak!

Let them teach you

Break into small groups. Assign each group a section of reading material. Have each team write down the major points on a flip chart and do a team presentation to the rest of the class. This exercise really increases energy!


Great ways to make Driver CPC training more exciting is as much about entertaining your delegates as informing them. Make your training lively, varied, fun and unexpected and your participants will learn quicker and better!

If you would like to know more about teaching Driver CPC please do get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!

Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist

Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist

As TMconsultant affiliate consortium members you know it is very likely you will have an unannounced visit from JAUPT at some point. So here is JAUPT’s Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist to help you better understand what the auditor will be looking for. I’ve included the top line headers below. For the full downloadable PDF version click here 

The purpose of Course Quality Assurance Visit is to check whether standards are being maintained across courses being delivered. An approved training course can be subject to unannounced visits at any time from a JAUPT or DVSA/DVA representative and a similar form will be completed. To help you with this process we have devised this self-assessment checklist so that you are aware of. We hope that this self-assessment will assist you with the identification of areas of continuous improvement and ensure that you are ready for any visit by a JAUPT or DVSA/DVA auditor. The areas covered include: the quality and delivery of the training, knowledge transfer, the learning environment, the course content, ensuring the course is being delivered in line with the approved course layout and identification checks and registration. Where possible we have indicated a link to resources which may assist you when completing the form. The responsibility for quality and safety at an approved training centre lies with the responsible contact i.e. the person operationally responsible for periodic training. By completing this self-assessment it is not in itself a suitable and sufficient means of ensuring full compliance.



Version Control April 2017
The identity and licence checks are completed on each day of the course prior to the start of training?
Register delegates and check their identities:
For practical on-road driving training, trainee licence entitlement checks are completed and recorded?
Register delegates and check their identities:
A full auditable trail to confirm attendance and ID checks are completed on the day?
Register delegates and check their identities:
The trainer delivered the course in accordance with the course summary to ensure learning outcomes were
met? Train the drivers using your approved course
The number of trainees in attendance is conducive to learning in the environment used?
Trainees attended the course for the minimum period for which the course
is approved? Train the drivers using your approved course
The observed session met the Level 2 requirement?


The training area was free from significant distractions/disruptions?
Adequate space and seating is available for all trainees in attendance?
The room layout is suitable for the trainer and training aids are visible to all trainees?
Resources are legible and audible to all trainees?
The training room has adequate ventilation, temperature & lighting?
The training venue’s welfare facilities are adequate?


Trainees have been given a safety briefing that included: Fire evacuation and health & safety procedures?
The trainer explained how the course would run on the day and included an overview of topics & breaks?
Trainees are given up-to-date information about security & fair processing of their personal information?
The trainer included a learning agreement? e.g. trainer & trainees expectations of the course and conduct regarding mobile phone, mutual respect, participation and confidentiality?
Trainees have been told the aims and objectives of the course?
At the start of the course the trainer established the trainees pre-existing knowledge of the subject matter?


The learning materials, equipment and learning environment have been adequately prepared before the
proposed start time of the course?
The approved course content is suitable and relevant to the industry
sector of the trainees in attendance?
The course included practical activities and all trainees were engaged throughout?
Training aids used (e.g. DVDs, Case Studies, etc) are relevant to the subject matter delivered?
The approved course summary has VRU content?
The observed session contained VRU?
The Driver CPC/SAFED Logo was being used in accordance with the most recent Logo Guidelines?


Knowledge: The trainer demonstrated appropriate knowledge of the subject?
Questioning Techniques: The trainer used various styles of questions that were relevant to the course objectives?
Control & Participation: The trainer controlled discussions, stimulated participation and encouraged the trainees to remain focused throughout?
Delivery Method & Resources: The trainer followed the delivery method and utilised the resources specified in the Approved Course Summary?
Confidence & Enthusiasm: The trainer was confident, with controlled voice and body language.
Wrap up: The trainer checked knowledge transfer with the group and provided opportunities for questions/clarification and confirmed the learning outcomes were achieved?
If you need any help with Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist or you would like to join the TMconsultant Consortium please get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!
Consultation on regulations for alternatively fuelled vans

Consultation on regulations for alternatively fuelled vans

Forward post from DVSA

Consultation on regulations for alternatively fuelled vans

On 26 July 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), along with the Department for Transport (DfT), announced its plan to help reduce roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.

The plan includes a consultation asking for your views on proposed changes to regulations for vans and light commercial vehicles.

As part of the proposed changes, van drivers will be able to operate heavier electric or gas powered vehicles without having to apply for a new licence. The changes also include whether the VAT exemption for electric vans should be removed.

Find out more about how the proposed changes will work and give your views by 18 October 2017.

Transport Manager Duties

Top-line Transport Manager Duties

This list of Top-line Transport Manager Duties is not exhaustive and is intended to be used as guide only. I have broken the jobs by daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.  Many of the jobs are interlinked and will need to be repeated where necessary. For more detailed policies and processes please refer to the the Operator Handbook. References to the Operator Handbook and Master Spreadsheet are documents I have written, which I provide to my own clients. You can purchase these from the TMconsultant Shop.

Transport Manager Duties


  • Ensure all drivers have a daily defect report book
  • Ensure 3.5t drivers have a daily working time book. Including drivers who are swapping from EU to GB regs
  • Ensure VU has paper roll inserted and drivers carry a spare
  • Enter all defects are entered into a master defect book or the MS for cross referencing
  • Ensure all defects are rectified immediately, information has been recorded accurately and signed off – No rolling defects
  • Collect any completed defect report books and working time record books
  • Record any of the below on the Master Spreadsheet (MS)
    • Fines
    • Accidents
    • Incidents
    • Insurance claims
    • Breakdowns
    • Roadside stops
    • Complaints
    • Driver info changes
    • Training
  • Check planner schedule for any vehicle maintenance due dates
  • Ensure any vehicles due for maintenance are booked in with supplier
  • Carry out pre-employment assessments for new drivers
  • Carry out induction training for any new drivers
  • File any relevant documentation


  • Review/cross reference all defects
  • Check whether part time or agency drivers have or have not driven for any other company. If yes, they must complete the Agency or Part time Driver activity record
  • Check planner for vehicle maintenance
  • Book in vehicles for PMIs, MOTs, Servicing, Brake Tests, Tyre changes
  • Enter fuel and tyre usage on the MS


  • Collect Tachograph data and charts from drivers and VUs for analysis
  • Send off data for analysis
  • Make a record of date sent and when reports are returned using the MS
  • Complete the Tachograph analysis discussion with drivers
    • Cross reference charts with reports
    • Drivers must justify any infringements in writing on the report
    • Drivers must sign off any infringements and TM counter sign
    • Check:
      • Digital Over Speeding – Instances whereby a vehicle has been recorded exceeding the predefined maximum speed limit for HGV/PCV’s. Small instances may indicate a steep descent. Review of any instances that exceed 3 minutes in duration.
      • Events and Faults – Lists all error messages and diagnostic events that the digital tachograph unit within a given vehicle has recorded, such as tampering with the unit, removal of power supply or mechanical/electrical failure. Review this section in detail.
      • Driving without an Appropriate Card – This error occurs when the VU registers that the vehicle has been moved without a driver, enforcement or workshop card being in place. In all likelihood this error is brought about by small movements or shunts. However, they need to be explained where possible
      • Unknown Driver – Indicates in detail every instance whereby a vehicle has recorded itself in motion, without a driver, workshop or enforcement card being inserted. Although most instances will constitute a small shift or shunt, a review this section in detail and paying close attention to any instance which exceeds 5 minutes in duration is recommended.
    • Record driver infringements on MS. Analyse trends to determine whether a driver needs any further training, reprimands (warning letter)
  • Cross reference PMI sheets with defect reports and carry out investigations for any discrepancies – Sign off PMI sheets
  • Complete a spot check daily walk round check with drivers to ensure they are doing this properly – provide training where necessary
  • Check with publications and online recourses for new legislation and general information relating to operating vehicles/training
  • Review planner and make any necessary adjustments
  • Book in vehicles for PMIs, MOTs, Servicing, Brake Tests, Tyre changes
  • Carry out monthly driver meetings including a toolbox talk – record each toolbox talk using the training record sheet
  • Carry out relevant driver licence checks
  • Carry out relevant eyesight checks
  • Carry out a monthly review/status meeting all staff involved with transport and with all connected departments


  • Processes review and update policies and processes where necessary


  • Ensure all vehicles are booked in for Pre MOT and MOT
  • Book drivers in for annual Driver CPC training and or any other required training
  • Carry out an annual review meeting with Directors and connected departments to include policies and processes according to Operator and Driver Handbooks
  • Review and update policies and processes where necessary
  • Directors to sign off updates
  • Communicate policy changes to drivers – Carry out annual review meeting with drivers including any policy updates – drivers to be given new updates with training and driver declaration sign off

For more information regarding the documentation and services we offer and Top-line Transport Manager Duties, please visit the TMconsultant shop or alternatively please just get in touch. If you are looking to become a Transport Manager, have a look at the National Careers Service page for Transport Managers and also a blog I wrote, Looking for an External Transport Manager? Here to share the knowledge!

DVSA aims to stop violence against its staff

DVSA aims to stop violence against its staff

Micronclean join the TMconsultant Driver CPC Consortium

Micronclean join the TMconsultant Driver CPC Consortium

We are very pleased to announce Micronclean Limited have joined the TMconsultant Driver CPC consortium who will be delivering Driver CPC training in-house.

A little about Micronclean…

Micronclean are the Skegness Steam Laundry company established in 1883, shortly after the railhead reached the town. Originally it provided a service to the local landed gentry, the general population and particularly to the hotels and boarding houses which were rapidly being built in the area.

During the 1970s, the Company changed from being generalist suppliers of laundry services to specialist suppliers of clean garments to the food processing and manufacturing industries as well as suppliers of linen to the region’s restaurants and hotels.

The TMconsultant Driver CPC training consortium is a Driver CPC consortium and we provide the opportunity for anyone who would like to deliver Driver CPC training but would prefer not to set a training centre in their own right. By becoming one of our affiliate members you can teach Periodic Driver CPC training with all the benefits of being a fully registered training centre with JAUPT, operating under the umbrella of TMconsultant.

If you would like to know more about our consortium, please contact us for more information or alternatively have a look at our website where you can apply. Here to share the knowledge!

Welcome Micronclean, we very much look forward to working with you!

Talent in logistics

JK Transport win the Talent in Logistics Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award 2017

We are very proud and pleased to announce that our very own Consortium member JK Transport win the Talent in Logistics Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award 2017! “The Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award, sponsored by Women in Logistics, went to JK Transport Training Services Ltd who has exceeded customer expectations and improved driver engagement.” They beat off competition from big boys Tesco Distribution and other very worthy competitors.

JK Transport - Talent in Logistics winner 2017- Driver CPC Training Provider

Managing Director James Kirwin says “we won the Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year at the Talent in Logistics Awards last night in Telford. It’s great to be recognised by our industry as a quality training provider, or THE quality training provider, in a very competitive market. Congratulations to the runners-up including Tesco! Thanks to the award sponsors, Women in Logistics Group. We also met Michael & Katrina Ferran of Transport Consulting Company and discussed our experiences of CPC delivery. Many of these were common to both businesses.”

JK Transport Training Services have been a member of the TMconsultant driver CPC training consortium right from our humble beginnings and have now grown into a leading driver CPC provider in the North of England. Although they are based in Middlesborough, JK Transport have recently expended delivery of Driver CPC nationally. Not only do JK Transport supply Driver CPC, they also offer top class HGV training services, compliance audits, external transport management consultancy and driver assessments. Congratulations again JK Transport Training Services!

If you would like to book your Driver CPC training with JK Transport Training Services you can contact them here.

If you would like to become a member of the TMconsultant Driver CPC consortium just get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!

driving in hot weather

Driving in hot weather – useful advice for lorry and van drivers

Driving in hot weather

Unless you live in a freezer, you’ll know about the heat wave we’re experiencing in the UK at the moment. So I thought I’d write a little about driving in hot weather, the possible issues and how to stay cool!


Air expands in heat! Our safety – and that of other road users – is wholly reliant on the ability and condition of our tyres to perform. Driving in hot weather means high ambient temperatures, hot road surfaces and higher speeds result in higher tyre pressures

Check the tyre mounting and air pressure. Inspect the tires every two hours or every 100 miles when driving in very hot weather.

Don’t let air out or the pressure will be too low when the tyres cool off. If a tyre is too hot to touch, don’t drive until the tyre cools off. Otherwise, the tire may blow out or catch fire.”

It’s always advisable for drivers to carry a tyre pressure gauge anyway. Use this if you are ever unsure.

Ventilation and sun burn
Rule 237 Highway code

“Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Be aware that the road surface may become soft or if it rains after a dry spell it may become slippery. These conditions could affect your steering and braking. If you are dazzled by bright sunlight, slow down and if necessary, stop.”

Driving while you are hot will cause you to become dehydrated more quickly. Make sure you take on fluids regularly because dehydration reduces your ability to think and react, and therefore increases the risk you’ll have an accident.

Most vehicles now (fortunately) come with air conditioning. However, some older vehicles (unfortunately) don’t. This means it’s a case of windows open and the ventilation on full blast. Obviously drivers (sunburn) arm is likely to occur here, so either wear a long sleeve top, wear suncream or use your top to just cover your right arm. If it’s any conciliation I have been there and suffered the torment of traffic jams on the M25 for long periods of time in a lorry with no air con!

Hay Fever

Hay fever can lead to potential safety issues on roads if not controlled.  If you sneeze at 70mph you lose your vision for as much as 100 metres this can be very dangerous.  Here’s a few tips for you if you are prone to hay fever to help keep safe on the roads this summer:

  1. Only take medication which doesn’t cause drowsiness
  2. Consider getting someone else to drive if you are having a particularly bad hayfever day
  3. Consider cabin pollen filters for your make of vehicle
  4. Keep tissues close to hand
  5. Slow down and drop back if you’re about to sneeze
  6. Wear sunglasses to block out bright sunlight
  7. Close windows and air vents to reduce pollen grains getting into the vehicle
  8. Vacuum car mats and carpets regularly during summer, to get rid of dust

Stay cool, stay calm, drink water, rest when tired and stay safe on the roads this summer. Happy solstice!

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