TMconsultant launch the Transport Manager Compliance Pack

TMconsultant launch the Transport Manager Compliance Pack

When you complete your TM CPC, you may be asking what would be the most important item you will need when embarking on your new career? Well, that would be a comprehensive transport manager compliance pack, a transport manager’s bible. We get many enquiries, from newly qualified transport managers regarding this, so we thought it about time we put together a definitive Transport Manager Compliance Pack template.

Traffic Commissioners expect you to be able to demonstrate the mechanisms you intend to have in place and how you will be managing your fleet. This means all transport managers, internal and external will need to be armed with a set of policies and processes, so they can effectively and continuously manage transport activities. For example, auditing of daily walk-round checks, managing, auditing and reviewing compliance systems, reviewing any shortcomings such as prohibitions and/annual test failures, ensure provisions are in place for the prompt delivery of maintenance sheets, cross-checking the soundness of driver walk-round checks, and PMIs. For a list of transport, manager duties check out our blog on top-line transport manager duties. As you can imagine, compiling a compliance pack from scratch will take some time, this is where our Transport Manager’s Compliance Pack template comes into play. Our pack is a downloadable product and easy to purchase.

So what’s included in the pack?

  • Operator Handbook VS5 – full company policies and process, director declaration
  • Driver Handbook VS5 – policies, processes, declarations and risk assessments relevant to the driver, driver declaration
  • Stationary & Forms – comprehensive pack containing all the stationery and forms you’ll need to run an effective fleet
  • To-do List/Status/Review Document – a helpful tool to ensure you have covered off everything and assist in your annual review
  • Fleet Operator Master Spreadsheet – a handy all in one spreadsheet to record and manage your fleet
  • Risk Assessment Package – essential in helping you manage your transport, work-related road risk (WRRR) obligations
  • Tech support – get in touch if you have any technical issues regarding the pack

Want to purchase the pack, go here.

For more DVSA information regarding effective Transport Management go here.

If you need any help or would just like to have a chat please do get in touch, we’re here to share the knowledge!

FORS-Standard-updates-5.1

FORS Standard updates 5.1

I have been getting quite a few inquiries regarding the FORS Standard updates 5.1 as to what exactly they are. I have also noticed a competitor is providing misinformation and even the FORS website itself is somewhat confusing. So here are the updates…….

FORS Standard updates 5.1

FORS Standard updates 5.1

Yup that’s it and there are no updates for Bronze at all. So what about COVID-19 I hear you cry? Well, it is important to note you will need to ensure you have certain safety measures in place, we posted a blog this a few weeks back which you can view here. Topline points below.

FORS operators requesting an audit will need to have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment in line with the relevant government guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in offices and contact centres. In addition, for the purposes of the FORS audit, members will need to confirm the following at the time of requesting the audit:

  1. A single and only point of contact will be provided for the audit process
  2. That clear guidance on the social distancing and hygiene measures that are in place at the audit site will be provided to the auditor
  3. That any PPE identified in the FORS member’s risk assessment will be provided to the auditor on the day of the audit
  4. That the audit will be conducted in a well-ventilated designated room that is not occupied by other people
  5. That all evidence will be provided in the room where the audit is taking place
  6. That hand sanitiser will be available in the meeting room
  7. That host responsibilities relating to COVID-19 will be established by the member and that any necessary training will be provided for the person who will be acting as host for the auditor’s visit
  8. That entry and exit routes for visitors and contractors have been reviewed to minimise contact with other people

I spent some time delving into the FORS website regarding COVID-19, specifically this page. Most of the info is very useful however, there are a number of their associates are offering COVID-19 tool kits which might not necessarily be what you were expecting.

Are you looking to gain your FORS Bronze accreditation? Do you need help with FORS Silver? Look no further as TMconsultant can help. Feel free to get in touch! Alternatively, if you need more information about our FORS Help services click here.

 

remote driver cpc training

Remote Driver CPC training introduced!

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on the road transport & logistics industry in a variety of ways, TMconsultant has now introduced Remote Driver CPC Training to help drivers complete their periodic training.

The Government has advised there should be no classroom-based Driver CPC training until 21st June 2020, which has created a problem for HGV drivers whose Driver Qualification Card (DQC) runs out before then.

Some periodic Driver CPC training providers can now offer online training and here at TMconsultant we have introduced remote driver CPC training to all our consortium members.

All our courses are suitable for online driver CPC training so there won’t be much difference, only drivers will be in a virtual classroom! Our consortium members will be using zoom.us. It’s really easy to use, just log on, go to zoom.us and wait for your trainer to give you a code to join the class.

Nick Wilson our founder said “this is a critical time for all of us and it’s important now more than ever we keep our drivers on the road ensuring our logistics operations keep running. Those drivers who may have retired and would like to get back on the road, will need to ensure they are appropriately trained and therefore will require their 35 hours periodic driver CPC training. As we need to be self-isolation as much as possible, remote driver CPC training is obviously the answer.”

Consortium members offering remote DCPC are below. Just give them a call or get in touch for more information.

ACE TRAINERS CM01885/14

Mike Ray
Email – mike@acetrainers.co.uk
Web: acetrainers.co.uk
Tel: 01256 351581

Tick-Box Training Solutions CM01885/20

Simon Boal
Email: simonboal@hotmail.com
Tel: 07401135764

Buddies Driver CPC Trainers CM01885/32

Chris Budd
Email: buddiesdrivercpc@outlook.com
Tel: 07401135764

Letter of approval

Please click on the link below to see our letter of approval.

DCPC Remote Delivery Authorisation – 01885

TMconsultant pass their FORS Bronze audit

TMconsultant pass their FORS Bronze audit

TMconsultant pass their FORS Bronze audit with flying colours. As a FORS pre-audit service provider, TMconsultant completes an audit each year “so we can practice what we preach” says Steve Hammond, our chief FORS Consultant. “We want to demonstrate (to our clients) that our products work. Taking the FORS Bronze audit shows we hold a certain level of compliance, show we fully understand the audit process and help us understand more about how we can improve and grow ourselves.”

FORS is a voluntary accreditation scheme which promotes best practice for vehicle operators. It encompasses all aspects of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection by encouraging and training fleet operators to measure, monitor and improve performance.

“We use exactly the same pack we provide to all our FORS Help clients”, continues Steve. “As they are templates, we need to make some adjustments and tailor them to fit with our company policies and procedures”.

Need help with FORS?

TMconsultant offer a no-fuss, easy and affordable FORS Help solution to help you attain your FORS Bronze accreditation. For more information get in touch!

FORS Help Package

Full Pre Audit Package

  • Pre audit full package – £1500.00 + VAT – Includes any requisite documents or the complete FORS Help package
  • Seperate visit – £375 + VAT 
FORS Bronze, Revision to D4 Managers Training

FORS Bronze, Revision to D4 Managers Training

Back in October, we explained how you can pass D4 and what manager training would help you obtain your FORS V5 accreditation. Since the implantation of these rules, FORS has a revision to D4 Managers Training requirements which we will explain below.

Revision

Our previous blog (FORS Bronze manager training D4 are you ready?) detailed that Manager training for the Transport Manager (or appointed responsible person) must be completed by no later than the 1st January 2020. However, for reasons unknown to us, (but we suspect that it is because so many operators have failed their audits since the 1st January 2020 on D4), FORS have made a U-turn with a revision to D4 Managers Training.  They are now allowing manager training to be booked and paid for, for a future date. The Operator must provide evidence of a booking confirmation and paid invoice at the time of audit. The Operator will still receive a minor action point against D4, but essentially this will be a pass.

What does this mean?

It means that you can still pass your upcoming audit even if you do not fully conform to the requirements of D4, the only proviso being that if you evidence a booking confirmation, but do not actually complete an approved managers course (listed below) by the time of the next audit, that minor action point will automatically become a major action point and you will fail your future audit.

What can I do?

Simple, get the training booked and paid for & evidence this at your audit. You can choose from the list of approved courses below.

The preferred Courses:

  • Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence
  • FORS Professional Fleet Management Essentials
  • FORS Approved Training course on fleet management (The ONLY FORS approved MANAGER courses are here
  • Transport Managers CPC refresher.
  • OLAT (Operator License Awareness Training) courses –  the approved companies can be found here, under Fleet Management training.

Or FORS will accept:

Operator licence awareness courses delivered by professional bodies that are referenced in the Senior Traffic Commissioner Statutory Documents 1 and 3 are automatically FORS Approved. These professional bodies are:

  • British Association of Removers
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • Freight Transport Association
  • Institute of Road Transport Engineers
  • Institute of Transport Administrators
  • Road Haulage Association
  • Society of Operations Engineers

* Please note that neither eLearning nor FORS Practitioner will cover this requirement if your organisation holds an Operator license. If your organisation does NOT hold an Operator License, then working towards FORS Practitioner or obtaining FORS Practitioner qualification meets the requirement of D4. Any two workshops from workshops 1/2/3/4/5/6 will meet this training objective.

Need help with FORS?

TMconsultant offer a no-fuss, easy and affordable FORS Help solution to help you attain your FORS Bronze accreditation. For more information get in touch!

 

 

Lorry driver gets send down after motorway U-turn

Lorry driver gets send down after motorway U-turn

Foward post from the BBC

Staffordshire Police have released CCTV footage of a lorry driver making a dangerous manoeuvre on the M6 Toll.

The footage shows the driver performing a U-turn on a slip road on 21 January.

Police said the driver received a six-month jail sentence and was disqualified from driving for 15 months.

new rules for signs on motorways

New rules for signs on motorways

From today 25 July 2019 there are new rules for signs on motorways. The Highway Code rule 258 has been updated to provide details about red ‘x’ signs on motorways.

The changes are to reflect amends made to The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2016 regarding lane closures.

Rule 255

Motorway signals (see ‘Light signals controlling traffic’) are used to warn you of a danger ahead. For example, there may be an incident, fog, a spillage or road workers on the carriageway which you may not immediately be able to see.

Rule 256

Signals situated on the central reservation apply to all lanes. On very busy stretches, signals may be overhead with a separate signal for each lane.

Rule 257

Amber flashing lights. These warn of a hazard ahead. The signal may show a temporary maximum speed limit, lanes that are closed or a message such as ‘Fog’. Adjust your speed and look out for the danger until you pass a signal which is not flashing or one that gives the ‘All clear’ sign and you are sure it is safe to increase your speed.

Rule 258

Red flashing lights. If red lights flash on a signal and a red “X” is showing, you MUST NOT drive in the lane shown as closed beyond the signal. This applies until you pass another signal indicating that the lane is no longer closed, by displaying the word “End” or a speed limit sign and you are sure that it is safe to proceed.

Red flashing lights. If red lights flash on a signal in the central reservation or on the side of the road and lane closed sign is showing, you MUST NOT go beyond the signal in any lane.

Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 3 and sch15

Get in touch! 

Driver CPC training deadline 2019

It's that time again! Five years on and the Driver CPC training deadline 2019 is approaching. For professional lorry, bus or coach drivers in the UK, the deadline to complete your driver CPC periodic training and maintain your current DQC card is 9th September 2019.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you’ve completed 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019.

Brexit?

Even though we may or may not be leaving the EU, drivers of lorries and buses will still need a valid CPC to continue to operate in the UK. It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without an up to date Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Finding a training course

The TMconsultant (training) Consortium has members across the country. You can find them here. Get in touch with a trainer near you!

Alternatively, you can visit the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) website. Only courses taken with approved centres count towards periodic training.

I'm not sure how much training I have taken

You can check how much training you’ve already taken and when you’ll get your next DQC by using the government online driver enquiry service. You can also give your employer temporary access to your training records.

What happens if I miss the driver cpc training deadline

Don't! As you cannot drive professionally unless you hold a valid driver qualification card (DQC) and you could be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without a valid DQC.

Need more information?

You can find out more about Driver CPC training on GOV.UK

Like to become a Driver CPC trainer?

We've compiled a very useful blog on How to Become a Driver CPC Trainer.

How can I join the TMconsultant (training) consortium?

You find out all about how to join the TMconsultant Driver CPC training consortium here.

Alternatively, get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!

Do-you-know-your-Operator Licence Undertakings

Do you know your Operator Licence Undertakings?

Do you know your Operator Licence Undertakings? I do get asked this question more nowadays as this information isn’t that easy to find due to operator licence applications being all online. So for anyone looking here they are!

What are Operator Licence Undertakings?

They are a set of undertakings which, when issued with your operator licence, you will sign and agree to abide by. Not doing so will probably result in you appearing in front of the traffic commissioner! Depending on your application there may be some extra provisions added to the statuary operator licence undertakings.

Undertaking No 1.

The laws relating to the driving and operation of vehicles used under this licence are observed.

Undertaking No 2.

The rules on drivers’ hours and Tachographs  are observed, and proper records are kept and that they are stored, also that records are readily available on request

Undertaking No 3.

To ensure vehicles and trailers are not overloaded

Undertaking No 4.

That all vehicles operate within speed limits

Undertaking No 5.

To ensure drivers promptly report any defects that could prevent the safe operation of the vehicle or trailer and that all defects are recorded in writing.

Undertaking No 6.

To ensure all vehicles and trailers, including hired vehicles and trailers, are kept in a fit and serviceable condition.

Undertaking No 7.

To ensure you are keeping full records for a 15 month period for all driver reports of defects, safety inspections, routine maintenance and repairs to vehicles.

All these records need to be available on request.

Undertaking No 8.

In respect of each operating centre specified, the number of vehicles and number of trailers kept there will not exceed the maximum number authorised at each operating centre. (Which will be noted on the licence)

Undertaking No 9.

An unauthorised operating centre is not used in any traffic area.

Undertaking No 10.

You will inform the traffic commissioner against yourself, company, business partners, company directors and the nominated transport manager/s named on the application. 

Undertaking No 11.

That you will ensure that you will notify the traffic commissioner of any changes within 28 days, EG: proposed changes to maintenance arrangements. A change in the financial status of the licence holder (Liquidation etc) or a change to the limited company status or partnership that may affect the licence.

Applying for an operator licence?

Are you thinking about applying for an Operator Licence and are finding it a daunting task? At TMconsultant we undertake your new operator licence application on your behalf, ensuring everything is in order before sending your application to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. We can also help with licence variations and changes current operator licence. If you would like to know more please visit our Operator Licence Application Help page for more information and prices

Contact Us

If you prefer to discuss your options, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to share the knowledge!

RHA-Webinar-sales-pitch

The RHA Webinar sales pitch

Last week I got involved with a Road Haulage Association (RHA) Webinar “Driver CPC is here to stay after Brexit”, which I thought was actually quite good for a number of reasons. It was entertaining, the hosts were friendly, well informed and engaging. I enjoyed the interactive aspects, where you can type your questions, which the hosts answer in real time. In fact, I do like the people at the RHA (generally) and these chaps exemplified this.

The subject matter was a great choice, as most operators and drivers alike are keen to know what’s going to happen to driver CPC after Brexit. I imagine most savvy people will have a basic understanding of what will happen to EU legislation after Brexit. It was however, reassuring to know my understanding was on track!

So why my title ‘The RHA Webinar sales pitch’? Well, I do also have some criticisms. After the session it would have been nice to receive an email containing a link to listen again, together with slide show etc. There was a mention of ‘after session access’ but no instructions were given as to how this works.

My main gripe, is not necessarily the sales pitch itself, but the subtext of the promotional message. Now, I’m all for using creative and innovative ways to promote a business, but I feel it shouldn’t be at the expense of the smaller players. I very much doubt the hosts meant anything other than good intent. But the way the RHA explain why you should spend your money with them for training, rather with a competitor, I think should be reviewed. So here’s what I mean, the hosts were selling their training products and justifying why they are more expensive than the competition. The message was because you get what you pay for. Now, to a RHA member listening, that would seem like a perfectly reasonable proposition. However, it also implies (by default) that the other training providers are not a worthwhile investment. It’s a blanket generalisation of the rest of the transport training industry. This is of course not case. For example, our very own consortium member JK Transport Training won the Talent in Logistics Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award 2017. And as far as I’m aware they were up against the big boys too! Anyway my point is this. Yes, there are some not so great training providers out there but you don’t have to pay through the nose to get a decent day’s instruction.

If you would like to get involved with future RHA sales pitches….sorry webinars, go here.

For advice about Driver CPC training or if you would like to join the TMconsultant consortium go here. Here to share the knowledge!