Publish Driver CPC Courses

Publish Driver CPC Training Courses: New Feature for Consortium Members

We’re excited to introduce a new feature designed to enhance the experience for our valued consortium members. You can now, schedule your Driver CPC training Courses and we will publish them on our website!

What is Driver CPC?

Driver CPC is a set of standards established to ensure that professional drivers are both competent and proficient in their roles. It is a mandatory certification for bus, coach, and lorry drivers across the EU and the UK, aimed at improving road safety and ensuring that drivers maintain high levels of skill and knowledge.

What is a Driver CPC Consortium?

A Driver CPC consortium is an association of like-minded individuals who deliver Driver CPC training under the management of one umbrella company.

By becoming a member of our consortium, you can teach Periodic Driver CPC training with all the benefits of being a fully registered training centre, operating under the management of TMconsultant.

Introducing Our New Feature – Publish your Driver CPC training courses

We are thrilled to announce that consortium members can opt in to publish their Driver CPC training courses directly on our platform. The new offering is tailored to assist consortium members in boosting their course marketing efforts. Members can effectively promote their Driver CPC training courses to reach a wider audience of potential trainees, driving enrollment.

With just a simple “yes” or “no” response on the scheduled courses form, members can choose to publish their courses and instantly increase their visibility within the Driver CPC training community.

Feel free to have a look at courses already published by consortium members here!

How do I join the TMconsultant Driver CPC Training Consortium?

At TMconsultant, we are committed to providing our consortium members with the tools they need to succeed. For more information on how to join the TMconultant consortium, just go here.

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If you have any questions, or you would just like to discuss your options, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re a friendly bunch, just Call 01273 457748 or alternatively send us a message. Here to share the knowledge!

Driver CPC Consultation Outcome

DfT: Driver CPC Consultation Outcome

On 11 December 2023, The Department for Transport (DfT) published its Driver CPC Consultation outcome which looked into proposed Driver CPC reforms in the UK. In response to the consultation taken earlier in 2023, the DfT has unveiled its recommendations, aimed at modernising the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) and providing greater flexibility for drivers. Topline, the new measures aim to make it simpler to become and remain a professional driver in the UK. In this blog we’ll have a look in detail at what the changes mean for drivers and trainers.

Proposed Changes and Recommendations

The government’s recommendations include several key measures poised to transform Periodic Driver CPC Training:

  • Introduction of National DCPC (N-DCPC): This new certification will cover driving lorries, buses, or coaches solely within the UK, streamlining the certification process for drivers operating domestically.
  • Enhanced Training Flexibility: To facilitate easier training schedules, allowing training courses to be conducted in blocks of 3.5 hours instead of the current 7 hours which must be completed within 48 hours, offering drivers greater flexibility and adaptability in managing their training commitments.
  • Increased E-Learning Allowance: The current allowance for e-learning is 10 hours proposal suggests the amount of e-learning that can now be taken to 12 hours. furthermore, training courses with the e-learning component will no longer need to be completed on consecutive days. Instead, the e-learning component will now be allowed to be completed at a later date, to the trainer-led part of the course. However, the time limit has yet to be decided.
  • Facilitating Return to Driving: In a bid to expedite the return of drivers whose DCPC has expired, the government aims to streamline the process. The proposal suggests allowing returning drivers to complete 7 hours of training before returning to the sector, with the remaining 28 hours to be completed within the first year. This would only be for NDCPC and is not expected to be introduced until 2024

Implementation and Scope

These proposed changes are specifically targeted at the N-DCPC for drivers operating within the UK. The intended timeline for implementing these alterations is set for Summer 2024. However, it’s important to note that those wanting to drive a lorry, bus or coach outside of the UK will need to complete the training within the existing rules which will not change from 35 hours of training every 5 years.

Periodic Test

The consultation also raised the prospect of a periodic test as an alternative to training. However, this option requires further exploration. The government plans to launch another consultation in the coming year to delve deeper into this potential modification.

I’m thankful to read the periodic test option requires further exploration as I have concerns training providers are being overlooked. The current consultation includes trainers’ opinions but omits training providers’. There is no provision to address the elephant in the room, which is, if DVSA takes on the management of the periodic test in-house, how this will affect training providers’ income?

Conclusion

I welcome the introduction of a National DCPC, especially a driver being able to take multiple 3.5-hour modules over a longer period, rather than within the current 48-hour period. Breaking the course into smaller parts will make it easier for drivers to absorb and retain information effectively throughout a 3.5-hour session, leading to better learning outcomes. As for training providers, it will mean they will need to adjust their current 7-hour modules so they deliver 3.5 hour modules.

I’m not averse to the test option, I’m just wary the DfT hasn’t taken into consideration the potential loss of income for the training provider, should this be managed by DVSA. I shall be keeping a keen eye on proceedings!

You can view the full Driver CPC Consultation outcome here and the consultation here.

Driver CPC 3.5 hour Modules

Here at TMconsultant, we have been making inroads to expand our range of 3.5-hour modules. We’ll let you know when they’re ready. In the meantime, you can purchase our current 3.5-hour and 7-hour modules here.

Join the TMconsultant Consortium

If would like to deliver Periodic Driver CPC Training, you can join our Consortium. We provide all your course materials, stationery and support to run your Driver CPC Training Centre.

If you need to know anything or everything about Periodic Driver CPC training, please do get in touch, we’re here to share the knowledge!

Manage your operator licence

How to Manage Your Vehicle Operator Licence on-line

In today’s fast-paced transportation industry, managing your operator licence efficiently is crucial to ensure compliance. The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) recognises the challenges faced by operators in this regard, so they developed the Manage Your Operator Licence Online platform. This self-service system simplifies the process of updating and maintaining your operator licence. In this blog, we’ll have a look at what you can do on the Manage Your Vehicle Operator Licence online system.

What can you do on the Manage Your Operator Licence Platform?

Add/Remove Vehicles on Your Licence

It is likely you will need to add or remove a vehicle to your operator licence. You can do this easily on the system, just remember to do so within 28 days of the new vehicle(s) coming into your possession.

Add or Remove a Transport Manager

When changes occur in your management team, such as adding or removing a transport manager, the Traffic Commissioner must be informed immediately. The OtC (Office of the Traffic Commissioner) usually will allow a reasonable period of time for you to find a replacement Transport Manager. The time frame is normally up to 6 months, however, in some cases, it may be extended to 9 months at the Traffic Commissioner’s discretion.

Change Your Licence Type – Major Change/Variation

You can change your licence from a restricted to a standard national licence, or from a standard national to a standard international licence for example. To do this you must apply using the platform at least nine weeks before you require the change to happen.

You don’t have to advertise a change in licence, but you will have to provide proof of competence, good repute and financial standing if you are moving from a restricted to a standard licence to a standard national or standard international licence.

The traffic commissioner publishes applications to upgrade licences in Applications and Decisions. This will mean your application will be open to objection by statutory objectors such as local authorities and the police.

The change in licence type does not take effect until the application has been granted and the varied licence issued, unless an interim authority has been given.

Increase Vehicle/Trailer Limit – Major Change/Variation

As your business flourishes, you might find the need to increase the vehicle limit on your licence. The platform allows you to request an upgrade to accommodate a larger fleet if you want to exceed the maximum number of vehicles permitted on your licence. This is also classed as a Major Variation and will need advertising together with evidence of financial standing. The fee is £275.00 and you must apply at least nine weeks before you need the extra vehicles/trailers.

Change or Add a New Operating Centre – Major Change/Variation

You may want to move your operating centre to new or larger premises or even add a new operating centre as you expand. As with a new application, the OtC will publish details of your variation application in the publication Applications and Decisions and you will need to advertise the application in a newspaper circulating in the vicinity of your new operating centre. If you are only using vehicles (or vehicle combinations) that do not exceed 3.5 tonnes you do not need to advertise the intention.

Add/Remove Directors

You must inform the Traffic Commissioner immediately if there are any changes regarding Company Directors. For example, if someone is taken on as a director, a director dies or if the business changes from sole trader to a limited company. The change could constitute a major change and a fee of £275.00 charged.

Surrender Your Licence

In some cases, operators may decide to cease their operations temporarily or permanently. The self-help system offers a simple and straightforward process to give up, or “surrender,” your operator licence. This feature helps ensure you comply with the necessary procedures when discontinuing your transportation services.

Print/Download a Replacement Licence

The Manage Your Operator Licence system provides a convenient way to get a replacement copy of your O’Licence. Whether you need a physical copy or a digital version, the platform ensures you can obtain a replacement.

N.B. You have to apply by post if you want to transfer an operating centre to another licence.

How to register for the Manage Your Vehicle Operator Licence online system

It’s easy to register for an account

Step 1: Visit the DVSA Website – https://www.gov.uk/manage-vehicle-operator-licence and click Start now

Manage your vehicle operator licence

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Click create an account

Create an account

Step 3: Create your account

Create an account

Step 3: Check your email. You will receive 2 emails. One with a temporary password and one with to confirm your registration

Check your email

Step 4: Click ‘sign in’ from your temporary password email. This will take you to a page to create a new password

Change your password

And that’s it, you have created your account!

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Operator Licencing

Operator Licensing Help

Your trusted partner in navigating the world of operator licensing

We specialise in providing comprehensive Operator Licensing services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of your business. With our expertise and in-depth knowledge of transport industry regulations, we offer a range of solutions to assist you in obtaining and maintaining your operator licence.

Whether you are a new business in need of consultation and guidance for an application or an existing operator seeking assistance with licence renewal and compliance, our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way. With our proven track record of success and commitment to excellence, you can trust us to navigate the complex licensing process, ensure compliance, and help you unlock new opportunities for growth and success.

How we can help

Restricted Operator Licence Help

We assist with setting up your systems and provide the Restricted Licence holder with invaluable support and guidance to maintain compliance.

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Operator Licence Applications

We undertake your new operator licence application on your behalf, ensuring everything is in order and providing guidance and support.

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Transport Manager Finder Service

We find and connect you with an External Transport Manager near you.

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Application & TM Finder Bundle

Purchase our Operator Application Help, the External Transport Manager Service and save £50.00.

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What is Operator Licencing?

Operator Licensing is the application and provision of an Operator's License issued for those involved in the operation of goods vehicles or passenger-carrying vehicles for business or trade. An Operator Licence is required under the regulations of Operator Licencing, through the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC), which oversees and regulates the operation of commercial vehicles in the UK.

Who needs an Operator's Licence?

If you drive goods vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, you need to have a goods vehicle operator's licence. This also applies to light goods vehicles between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes which are used to carry goods in the EU.

What type of Operator Licences are there?

Restricted

For businesses who carry their own goods or materials in connection with their trade or business. Covers operations in the UK and the EU.

Transport Consultant Recommended

Standard National

For businesses who operate vehicles within the UK for hire or reward.

Transport Manager Required

Standard International

Permits the holder to operate goods vehicles or passenger-carrying vehicles internationally, both within the EU and beyond.

Transport Manager Required

Standard (International) light goods vehicles

Permits for businesses who use light goods vehicles between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes to carry goods for hire or reward within the European Union.

Transport Manager Required

Benefits of Hiring a Transport Manager Consultant for Restricted Licence Operators

Benefits of Hiring a Transport Manager Consultant for Restricted Licence Operators

Running a transportation business as a Restricted Licence Operator comes with its fair share of challenges, from navigating complex regulations and compliance issues to overcoming operational hurdles. However, the path to success becomes clearer with the invaluable support of an experienced Transport Manager Consultant. In this blog, we will delve into the advantages of enlisting the services of a Transport Manager Consultant, uniquely equipped to address the specific needs and requirements of Restricted Licence Operators.

Qualified CPC Transport Manager

A Transport Manager Consultant is a seasoned professional in the field of transport management, holding a coveted Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). This certification is earned through a rigorous training program, affirming that the consultant possesses the essential expertise and skills to oversee transportation operations. With their CPC qualification, the Transport Manager Consultant brings a wealth of knowledge and proficiency to effectively navigate the complexities of the transport industry and compliance.

Experience is Everything

An experienced Transport Manager Consultant brings insights into regulations encompassing crucial aspects like driver hours, vehicle maintenance, tachograph rules, and load securing. Working with a Transport Manager Consultant ensures you will be better able to adhere to all necessary requirements, minimising the risk of penalties and potential compliance entanglements. Their wealth of knowledge serves as a shield, safeguarding the smooth and compliant operation of your business.

Expert Guidance and Industry Insights

Transport Manager Consultants are experts at what they do. They bring a wealth of industry knowledge to the table. They possess a deep understanding of the transport sector and its regulatory requirements. By leveraging their expertise, a Transport Manager Consultant can provide valuable guidance, helping Restricted Licence Operators navigate complex challenges to help make informed business decisions.

Systems implementation

Establishing comprehensive systems in the form of policies and procedures is paramount when operating a Restricted Operator Licence. The assistance of a Transport Manager Consultant is instrumental in effectively implementing these essential frameworks.

By working with your consultant, you can create a clear and robust policy framework that leaves little room for misunderstandings or debates regarding appropriate courses of action in specific situations. Fostering transparency and consistency throughout your organisation, ensuring a cohesive approach to operations and decision-making. Having well-defined policies and procedures sets the stage for a streamlined and harmonious operation, bolstering your business’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management

Compliance with transport regulations is crucial for restricted licence operators. However, keeping up with the ever-evolving rules and requirements can be overwhelming. Transport Manager Consultants specialise in regulatory compliance and risk management. They stay updated with changes in legislation, ensuring that the business adheres to all legal obligations. By conducting audits and assessments, consultants can identify potential risks, implement effective mitigation strategies, and minimise the chances of a DVSA visit or Public Enquiry.

Operational Efficiency and Cost Optimisation

One of the primary goals for Restricted Licence Operators is to maximise operational efficiency while minimising costs. Transport Manager Consultants can assess the existing operational processes, identify any shortfalls, and recommend improvements. They bring fresh perspectives and industry best practices, helping operators streamline workflows and improve fleet utilisation. By identifying cost-saving opportunities, such as fuel efficiency measures or outsourcing options, consultants can help businesses operate more efficiently and improve their bottom line.

Enhanced Safety Measures

Safety is a top priority in the transport industry. Employing the services of a consultant demonstrates a commitment to the Traffic Commissioner you are maintaining high safety standards. By implementing comprehensive safety measures, consultants can reduce the likelihood of accidents, injuries, and damage to goods, protecting both the company’s reputation and the well-being of employees, and the public.

In Conclusion

Employing the services of a Transport Manager Consultant can be a game-changer for Restricted Licence Operators. By leveraging their expertise, industry insights, and network, they can guide businesses towards sustainable growth and improved operational efficiency. From providing help on regulatory compliance and risk management to optimising costs and driving performance, consultants offer a comprehensive approach to help overcome challenges and unlock your full potential.

However, it is important for Restricted Licence Operators to conduct thorough research, seek recommendations, and choose a consultant with a proven track record in the transport industry. With the right consultant by their side, Restricted Licence Operators can navigate the complexities of the industry, stay ahead of the competition, and pave the way for a successful and profitable future.

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Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness Updates 2023

Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness Updates 2023

As road safety remains a top priority, ensuring the roadworthiness of vehicles is crucial. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provides comprehensive guidelines to help vehicle operators and owners maintain the safety and condition of their vehicles. In this blog post, we will explore the DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness Updates 2023, highlighting the key changes and their significance in promoting safer roads.

Types of inspections and checks

In response to feedback, DVSA understands that there has been confusion regarding the specific checks to be performed during a first-use inspection and the frequency of driver walkaround checks.

To provide clarity and guidance, DVSA has taken steps to address this issue. They have introduced a clear definition for each type of inspection and check, ensuring that you understand their purpose and scope. This will assist you in conducting the appropriate checks based on the specific inspection or check required.

Additionally, DVSA has incorporated an intermediate safety check into their guidelines. This check is specifically designed for situations where certain components require more frequent inspections for wear and tear, exceeding the regular safety inspection intervals.

Safety inspection

A safety inspection is a periodic inspection that is carried out at pre-set intervals in line with what an operator has declared on the Vehicle Operators Licencing system (VOL). The scope of the inspection should at least include all the items covered by the statutory annual test and employ the methods of assessment that are prescribed in the respective inspection manual. See section 4 for further details.

Examples of Safety Inspection forms can be found in Annex 4A(HGV), 4B(PSV), 4C(LGV) and 4D (small trailers) the safety inspection form can be any format as long as the mandatory items listed in Section 1 of this guide are included on the form.

First-use inspection

Prior to using a newly acquired vehicle/trailer on the public highway, operators must conduct a first-use inspection to satisfy themselves that the equipment is in a roadworthy condition. The scope of the inspection should at least include all those items that are inspected at the annual test, this includes conducting a laden roller brake test when appropriate for the type of vehicle. In some instances, a first-use inspection is not required if sufficient evidence is provided to indicate that the equipment has been subject to a safety inspection. For example, documentation is provided to indicate that a new vehicle has been subject to a comprehensive pre-delivery inspection or a pre-rental inspection record has been provided by a hire/lease company.

Intermediate safety check

With some types of vehicles and operation, it may be necessary to check some components more often than at full safety inspections. For example, a vehicle used in urban areas such as a public service vehicle or a local delivery vehicle, or vehicles used in hilly areas, may require more frequent component checks, for example, brakes, steering and suspension. It is sometimes necessary to check components following repair work. Any additional intermediate safety checks carried out should be documented and retained on the maintenance file. It should be clear on the documentation these are an intermediate safety check and not a full safety inspection.

Daily walkaround check

A driver or designated responsible person must conduct a walkaround check of a vehicle/ trailer prior to using the equipment on the public highway. At least one walkaround check should be carried out in every 24-hour period that the vehicle/trailer is in service. Those carrying out such checks must be suitably trained and competent in identifying any faults that would render the vehicle/trailer unroadworthy. The scope of the check should include all items that are readily visible to the inspector without the need for dismantling. To facilitate the inspection, it may be necessary to use an assistant.

Brake testing

Starting from April 2025, with some exceptions, laden roller brake tests or Electronic Brake Performance Monitoring Systems (EBPMS) will be the accepted methods for brake testing. To help in preparation for this change, DVS strongly recommend conducting a laden roller brake test at every safety inspection. The updated guide provides more detailed instructions on using EBPMS and offers additional advice on brake testing. A brake performance assessment can be conducted up to 7 days prior to the safety inspection.

Light goods vehicles

Effective from 21st May 2022, new regulations require a standard international operator’s licence for the use of light goods vehicles weighing over 2.5 tonnes but not exceeding 3.5 tonnes, for hire or reward within or through the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein. DVSA has updated their guide to reflect this requirement. For more information regarding van operator licence requirements, feel free to read this blog. Alternatively, if you need help when applying for a van operator licence, please do get in touch.

Towing another company’s trailer

To offer guidance in the scenario of towing another company’s trailer, DVSA has added additional advice. This includes information on trailer authorisation for the operator license, responsibility for maintenance and safety inspections, and access to trailer documents. Operators are reminded of their responsibility for the condition of the trailer when coupled to their vehicle, as unroadworthy trailers can lead to penalties or prohibitions.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)

Acknowledging the increasing prevalence of vehicles equipped with ADAS, DVSA has introduced a new section addressing the need for system recalibration when windscreens are replaced. Furthermore, they highlight the importance of drivers being familiar with the various types of ADAS features installed in their fleet.

Other updates

  • In exceptional circumstances where the safety inspection report is unavailable when the vehicle is ready to return to service, DVSA has introduced a roadworthiness declaration. This formal document verifies that the vehicle has undergone the necessary inspections and repairs to ensure roadworthiness.
  • To enhance driver walkaround checks, the updated guide now includes height markers in the daily walk-around checks. This addition enables drivers to visually confirm compliance with height limits, ensuring clearance under bridges and structures.
  • Additionally, guidance on PSV automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems, emphasises their significance in monitoring and recording vehicle movements for operational efficiency and safety.

In Conclusion

The recent DVSA Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness updates 2023, signify the agency’s commitment to improving road safety through effective vehicle maintenance practices. By emphasising regular inspections, updating brake testing standards, addressing electronic systems, enhancing defect reporting and rectification guidance, and emphasizing documentation and record-keeping, the guide provides a comprehensive framework for vehicle operators and owners to ensure their vehicles are safe and roadworthy.

Adhering to these updated guidelines will help promote a culture of preventive maintenance, early defect identification, and timely rectification. Ultimately, this will contribute to safer roads, reducing the risk of accidents caused by vehicle defects and ensuring that vehicles on our roads meet the required safety standards.

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Classroom or Remote Driver CPC

Classroom or Remote Driver CPC Training

Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and professionalism of professional drivers. As the world continues to advance technologically, one of the key decisions you’ll need to make when taking Driver CPC training is whether to opt for a traditional classroom setting or the convenience of remote training. This blog aims to guide you through the factors to consider when choosing between classroom or remote driver CPC training, helping you make an informed decision.

Learning Style and Preferences

Understanding your learning style and preferences is paramount when selecting the most suitable training method. Classroom training provides face-to-face interactions with instructors and fellow trainees, fostering a dynamic learning environment. It allows for immediate clarification of doubts and encourages collaborative learning. On the other hand, remote training offers convenience, enabling you to learn from any suitable location with an internet connection. Consider your preferred learning style and how it aligns with each training method.

Time and Flexibility

Time constraints can heavily influence your decision. Classroom training often requires fixed schedules and physical presence, which might clash with your work or personal commitments. Remote training provides the flexibility to study at your convenience, allowing you to manage your time effectively. If you have a busy schedule or irregular working hours, remote training might be the better option.

Interactivity and Engagement

Classroom training offers the advantage of immediate feedback and active discussions. It facilitates direct engagement with instructors and fellow trainees, fostering a supportive and interactive learning environment. Remote training can still offer interactivity through video conferences, discussion forums, and chat platforms. However, the level of engagement may vary, and it requires self-motivation to actively participate. Consider your preference for interactive learning and the level of engagement each training method provides.

Cost and Accessibility

Financial considerations play a significant role in decision-making. Classroom training might involve additional expenses such as transportation, accommodation, and meals, depending on the location of the training centre. Remote training eliminates these costs, making it a more affordable option. Additionally, remote training eliminates geographical limitations, allowing you to access courses offered by reputable training providers regardless of your location.

Technological Requirements

Before choosing remote training, evaluate your technical proficiency and the resources available to you. Remote training requires a stable internet connection, a computer or a mobile device, and proficiency in using online learning platforms such as Zoom for example. If you’re comfortable with tech and have access to the necessary resources, remote training can be an excellent choice. However, if you prefer a more traditional approach and are less comfortable with technology, classroom training might be a better fit.

Pros and Cons

Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of both classroom and remote driver CPC training.

Classroom Training Pros

  1. Interactive Learning Environment: Classroom training offers a more dynamic and interactive learning environment. It allows for face-to-face interactions with instructors and fellow trainees, encouraging immediate feedback and active discussions. Facilitating more enhanced engagement and collaborative learning.
  2. A more personalised and direct experience: In a classroom setting, you have the opportunity to receive a more personalised training experience and clarification on complex topics. Instructors can address your specific concerns and provide real-time explanations, enhancing your understanding of the course material.
  3. Better Active Engagement: Classroom training offers an advantage in terms of active engagement. When attending a physical classroom, you are in a dedicated learning environment that promotes focus and attentiveness. The presence of the instructor, along with the interactions and discussions among fellow attendees, helps maintain a more engaging training environment. The physical presence and accountability to the instructor and peers contribute to a higher level of alertness and active participation, reducing the likelihood of feeling drowsy during the training sessions. Classroom setting fosters a sense of camaraderie, encourages active participation, and contributes to a more enriching and enjoyable and enhanced learning experience.

Classroom Training Cons

  1. Travel Time and Commute: Classroom training requires travelling to a specific location. You will need to factor in travel time to the training centre.
  2. Additional Costs: Attending classroom training may incur additional costs, such as travel expenses, and meals. These costs can add up, making classroom training more expensive compared to remote learning.

Remote Training Pros

  1. Convenience: Remote training offers the convenience to learn from any location with an internet connection conducive to a suitable learning environment.
  2. Cost-Effective: Remote training eliminates the need for travel expenses, accommodation, and meals, significantly reducing the overall cost of training. It allows you to access quality courses without incurring additional expenses.
  3. Geographical Accessibility: Remote training eliminates geographical limitations, enabling you to choose from a wider range of training providers.

Remote Training Cons

  1. Limited Interaction: Remote training typically relies on online platforms, which may result in limited interaction with instructors and fellow trainees. While video conferences and chat platforms can facilitate some level of interaction, they may not match the same level of engagement and immediate feedback as in a classroom setting. The absence of non-verbal cues and physical presence can make it more difficult to establish a personal connection and foster a collaborative learning environment.
  2. Limited Technical Know-How and Equipment Requirements: Remote training can pose challenges for individuals with limited technical know-how or inadequate equipment. Remote training requires access to a reliable internet connection, a computer or mobile device, and proficiency in using online learning platforms and communication tools. Technical issues such as internet connectivity problems, software compatibility, or device limitations may arise, leading to interruptions in the learning process. Remember, you must be present (on your course) for the full 7 hours. If you experience technical difficulties and you’re not in full view of your trainer when required, you may not get your hours uploaded.

In Conclusion

When it comes to selecting between classroom or remote Driver CPC training, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It ultimately depends on your individual preferences, learning style, flexibility needs, and technological comfort. Evaluate each method based on interactivity, cost, accessibility, time constraints, and your ability to adapt to remote learning environments. By carefully considering these factors, you can make an informed decision and embark on a driver CPC training journey that suits your needs and enhances your professional competence as a driver.

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How to set up a driver cpc training centre

How to set up a Driver CPC Training Centre

Have you thought about setting up your own Periodic Driver CPC Training Centre and are unsure about how to go about it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post we will guide you through the process, step by step on how to set up a Driver CPC training centre, ensuring you are equipped to provide high-quality and engaging training to meet the ongoing professional development needs of drivers.

Step 1: Understand the Regulatory Framework

Familiarise yourself with the specific regulations and requirements governing periodic Driver CPC training. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) oversees these regulations, and it’s crucial to understand the legislation, guidelines, and procedures involved.

The application process requires you to assure DVSA/DVA you are compliant with statutory requirements, demonstrate how you deliver Driver CPC training to a high-quality standard and submit well-thought-out courses. This is achieved by completing a robust Centre Scheme of Control (SoC). The Centre Scheme of Control (SoC) sets out in detail the way you monitor and manage training and how you address the risks in relation to the size and structure of your operation.

Step 2: Define Training Programs

Determine the training programs you will offer at your Driver CPC training centre. Periodic training covers a range of topics related to driver competence, regulations, safety, and professionalism. Identify the modules and topics mandated by the regulatory authority using the Driver CPC Syllabus and develop a curriculum that meets these requirements.

Step 3: Develop Engaging Course Material

Create engaging and interactive course material for each module. Incorporate a variety of teaching methods such as presentations, tasks, videos, case studies, group discussions, and practical exercises. Tailor the content to ensure it is relevant, up-to-date, and aligned with the specific needs of professional drivers.

Step 4: Recruit Qualified Instructors

You will need qualified instructors who possess the necessary expertise in driver training and regulations. This could be you or you could hire in your trainers. A Driver CPC trainer will need to possess excellent communication skills, the ability to engage and motivate learners, and a deep understanding of the transportation industry.

Step 5: Establish Training Infrastructure

Set up a suitable training infrastructure for your periodic Driver CPC centre. This will include well-equipped classrooms, audiovisual aids, training materials, and other necessary resources. A classroom can be anywhere as long as it meets the minimum requirements. You can also take the option of remote delivery, just ensure you create a comfortable and conducive learning environment that facilitates effective knowledge transfer and practical skill development.

Step 6: Obtain Regulatory Approval

Obtaining approval and accreditation for your periodic Driver CPC training centre comes in two parts. The first part requires you to complete an application form for centre approval. You will need to compile your SoC and send any supporting documents. The application fee for centre approval is £1500.

The second part requires an application to be completed for the courses/modules you would like to deliver. You will also need to submit trainer evidence for every course/module the instructor intends to deliver. There is a fee of £36 per hour of course length (such as £252 for a 7-hour course).

For quality control, purposes, DVSA will audit your centre at least once within the first year of your approval. Your centre can be audited more than once during the 5-year approval. Your courses will also be subject to a DVSA unannounced audit. The frequency, of course audits will depend on the quality of your training delivery.

Step 7: Implement Effective Administration and Record-Keeping

Establish efficient administrative processes to manage attendee enrollment, scheduling, record-keeping, and the issue of certification. Utilise tools such as spreadsheets, software or customer relationship management (CRM) systems to streamline these tasks. Adhere to data protection and privacy regulations to ensure the security and confidentiality of driver information.

Step 8: Promote Your Training Centre

Implement a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote your Driver CPC training centre. Develop a professional website, advertise, utilize social media platforms, collaborate with local transportation companies, and engage with industry associations. Highlight the benefits of choosing your centre, such as experienced instructors, flexible scheduling (Note: you must give DVSA no less than 48 hours to schedule a planned course), and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

In Conclusion

Delivering Driver CPC training can be an incredibly rewarding endeavour. Not only does it provide an opportunity to contribute to the development and enhancement of professional drivers, but it also allows you to make a positive impact on road safety and the overall transportation industry. As long as you have gained a solid understanding of the regulatory framework, curriculum development, instructor recruitment, infrastructure setup, and efficient administrative processes, you’ll be well on the way to running a successful Driver CPC training centre.

If you would like some help with setting up your centre, or would just like to talk through your plans with someone, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to share the knowledge!

FORS Standard Version 6 Summary of Changes

FORS Standard Version 6 Summary of Changes

It’s that time again when FORS update their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Standard. We wanted to let you know what the FORS Standard version 6 summary of changes are, as soon as we did.

We’ll be updating our FORS Help packs, which will be available to purchase at the end of June.

If you have any questions regarding FORS, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to share the knowledge!

Summary of change between Version 5.1 and Version 6

M1 FORS documentation

New table created as Annex 3 which highlights
which requirements shall have a policy and/
or procedure and/or risk assessment/method
statement.

Clarification that operators are able to
demonstrate M1 using policy documentation
attributed to other schemes

Reminder: small operators may
demonstrate M1 verbally

M2 Records and information

No change

M3 Responsible person

No change

M4 Staff and resources

Pre-appointment checks for drivers should
include a declaration by drivers of any collisions,
both at work and off-duty, which involve
engagement with an insurance company and/or
the police

M5 Communication

Communications with drivers shall include
a declaration for drivers to acknowledge
awareness of their individual responsibilities

M6 Vehicle fleet

Clarification on the process for providing vehicle
registration marks or vehicle identification
numbers for trailers
The date from which dormant or previously
used operating centres shall be included in the
vehicle fleet register, has been updated

M7 Regulatory licensing

Regional/city vehicle permits relating to safety
or environmental requirements added as an
option, where applicable, to the current list of
licences and permits
FORS operators shall report to FORS any
licence or permit revocations, suspensions or
curtailments that are relevant to FORS

Where an operator licence is held, FORS
operator shall declare any enforcement
sanctions within the past 12 months and any
impending regulatory action

M8 Health and safety

Clarification around operational and driving at
work risks to be assessed under O1, including
prescribed passenger routes, and designated
routes to and from construction sites, and
addition of notified routes for abnormal
indivisible loads (AIL)

M9 Complaints

No change

M10 Transport infringements

No change

M11 Transport updates

Removal of reference to LoCITY scheme bulletin

V1 Serviceability and roadworthiness

Policy and supporting procedures for first-use
inspections shall include information on leased
and loaned vehicles, as well as hired vehicles
required in Version 5.1

V2 Daily walkaround checks

In addition to trailer coupling and load restraint
required in Version 5.1, where relevant, the
walkaround check shall also cover other
specific components listed
Drivers expected to repair minor defects shall
be competent to undertake these tasks

V3 Insurance

No change

V4 Vehicle tax

No change

V5.1 Load safety for HGVs

No change

V5.2 Load safety for PCVs

Maximum passenger and luggage weight limits
shall be considered

V5.3 Load safety for vans

No change

V5.4 Load safety for cars

No change

V5.5 Load safety for P2W

No change

V6 Vehicle safety equipment

Class V and Class VI close-proximity mirror
fields of view may now be achieved using a
camera monitoring system
Removal of reference to London’s Direct Vision
Standard vehicle safety scheme

V7 Tyre management

No change

D1 Licensing

Frequency of driving licence checks for higher
risk drivers shall be increased using an
approved risk scale – recommended (should) in

Driver licence checking procedure shall include
a requirement for drivers to sign an annual
declaration

D2 Driving standards

No change

D3 Staff induction

No change

D4 Professional development

No material change; language changed for
clarity only

D5 In-vehicle communication

No change

D6 Health and eyesight

No change

D7 Working time and drivers’ hours

Procedure for obtaining, processing and
analysing the relevant drivers’ hours shall also
include information on secondary employment
and its impact – recommended in Version
5.1 (should)

O1 Routing

The procedure in place to plan and adhere
to compliant, safe, and efficient routes shall
include adherence to any route scheduled by
the FORS operator or any route authorised by a
competent authority

Any route scheduled by the FORS operator,
or authorised by a competent authority,
shall include abnormal indivisible loads
(AIL) movements
In addition to the requirement in Version 5.1
for the risk assessment to include prescribed
passengers routes and designated routes to
and from construction sites, the risk assessment
shall also include any notified AIL routes

O2 Fuel, emissions, and air quality

No material change; language changed for
clarity only

O3 Road traffic collisions

No change

O4 Passenger safety

Clarification that all vehicles designed to carry
one or more passengers are in scope of this
demonstration

In addition to the passenger safety instructions
in Version 5.1 to include wearing seat belts, the
safety documentation shall include information
on not distracting the driver

O5 Specialist operations

No change

O6 Operational security

No change

O7 Counter terrorism

No change

S1 FORS Bronze

No change

S2 Performance data

Requirement changed from actively monitoring
and benchmarking to actively monitoring and
managing operational performance
An operational performance action plan shall be
documented, including performance indicators/
operational targets, and methods/tools
employed to monitor data
Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) management
should be included within data capture and
monitoring tools

S3 Fuel, emissions and air quality

The commitment to reducing fuel consumption
and minimising environmental impact shall
include the fuel efficiency and emissions
reduction initiatives that are in place or are
included in the operational performance action
plan now required for S2

S4 Road risk

Change to language regarding managing work
related road risk:
• Added reference to the operational
performance action plan now required for S2
• Changed language from “evidence of a
review meeting with the insurance provider”
to “evidence of a review with the insurance
provider” for clarity

S5 Professional development

Professional development shall be relevant to
the specific roles and responsibilities of drivers,
the responsible person, and all other staff in
the fleet operation – recommended (should) in

The amount of CPC training completed by
drivers should be seen as a guide for the
professional development of all other staff
Driver licence acquisition training should be
introduced

S6 Vehicle safety equipment

Regional or city vehicle permits relating to
vehicle safety requirements may be included
as evidence, where applicable, so long as they
meet or exceed the FORS Standard

S7 Noise pollution

Removal of customer locations from noise
impact assessment
Clarification that FORS operators may use
the FORS Noise Assessment template to help
evidence this requirement

S8 Internal communications

Silver re-approval: FORS operators shall
demonstrate internal communications for
previous 12 months

List of relevant materials that should be
used to assist internal communications
campaigns updated

S9 Sub-contracted services

No change

G1 FORS Silver

No change

G2 Recruitment and retention
(previously G4)

G2 Performance data

Requirement removed
Data elements of the demonstration
incorporated at S2

Recruitment and Retention (G4 in version 5.1) –

No change

G3 Sustainable operations
(previously G6)

G3 Gold case study – requirement removed
Some elements of the demonstration are
incorporated into new G3 as recommended
good practice

Sustainable Operations (G6 in version 5.1)
The review of fleet operation to improve
operational performance shall inform fleet
replacement decisions

At least 50% of the fleet should meet ‘ultra-low
emission’ engine standards

The fleet replacement plan should demonstrate
progression towards 100% ultra low emission
fleet

FORS operators may also provide evidence of
promoting sustainable initiatives

G4 Staff travel
(previously G8) Staff Travel (G8 in version 5.1)

No change

G5 Professional development

No change

G6 Contracted services
(Previously G9)

Rewording of the requirement for clarity
Where it is difficult to influence suppliers, FORS
operators should demonstrate best endeavours

The FORS list of accredited operators should
be explored when placing contracts for
transport suppliers

The following requirements from Version 5 have been removed and some
elements incorporated into Version 6 where appropriate:

G2 Performance data – requirement removed

Data elements of the demonstration incorporated at S2

G3 Gold case study

Requirement removed

Some elements of the demonstration are incorporated into new G3 as recommended good practice

G7 Promoting FORS

Requirement removed

Elements of community engagement, and supporting other operations, incorporated into new G3 as optional

Do I need an Operator Licence if I run a van?

Do I need an Operator Licence if I run a van?

The big question van owners are asking is, do I need an Operator Licence if I run a van? In this blog post, we will dive into the intricacies of this topic and provide you with clarity. We will explore the factors that determine whether or not you need an Operator Licence to run a van, taking into account both domestic and international operations. Join us as we navigate through the recent regulatory changes and shed light on the implications for van owners. By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of the Operator Licence requirements and how they may affect your van operation.

The Big Question: Do I Need an Operator Licence if I Run a Van?

Well, the answer is yes and no. Yes, if you operate abroad and no, if you only operate in the UK. The rules changed at the end of May 23 regarding operating vans in the EU. Meaning that if your operations include driving vans or cars towing trailers to transport goods for hire or reward between 2.5t and 3.5t in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, from 21 May 2022, you will now need a Standard International goods vehicle operator licence.

Historically, you only needed an Operator Licence (O’ Licence) if you operated goods vehicles or public service vehicles over a GVW of 3.5t. This has changed, vans between 2.5t and 3.5t now need an Operator Licence, or you will be operating unlawfully and could face prosecution.

What are the new rules for vans?

The changes are contained within the Trade & Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU and will apply to you if you’re based in England, Scotland or Wales and use:

  • Vans or other light goods vehicles (sometimes called light commercial vehicles or LGV for short)
  • Vans towing trailers
  • Cars towing trailers

You need to either:

  • Apply for a standard international goods vehicle operator licence for the first time
  • Add the vehicles to your standard international goods vehicle operator licence (if you already have one)
  • Apply to upgrade your standard national goods vehicle operator licence (if you have one) to a standard international goods vehicle operator licence
  • Apply to upgrade your restricted goods vehicle operator licence (if you have one) to a standard international goods vehicle operator licence

Do the new rules apply to me?

The new rules will apply to you if you use:

  • Vans with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) over 2,500kg (2.5 tonnes) and up to and including 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes)
  • Vans towing a trailer with a gross train weight (GTW) over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes
  • Cars towing a trailer with a GTW over 2.5 tonnes and up to and including 3.5 tonnes

You will not need a goods vehicle operator licence if any of these apply:

  • You only use your vehicles in the UK
  • You are transporting goods not for ‘hire or reward’

Am I carrying goods for “hire and reward”?

Hire and reward means that you are carrying goods for, or on behalf of, someone else. This generally applies if you are paid to move other people’s goods. If however, you are only moving your own goods for your own purposes, this would usually not be classed as hire and reward.

Do I need Tachographs for Vehicles over 2.5 Tonnes?

Currently no, you will not need a tachograph for vehicles over 2.5t up to 3.5t. However, from 1 July 2026, tachographs will have to be installed in vehicles over 2.5 tonnes operating in the EU.

How do I apply for an operator licence?

You have two options:

Option 1 – Employ the services of a consultant

If you’re a little unsure and the whole process looks a little daunting, you can enlist the help of a consultant to assist with your application. Here at TMconsultant, we help new operators gain their Operator Licence every week. If you would like to know more about how we can help you, click here or please do just get in touch. We’re a friendly bunch and are happy to chat and provide free advice.

Option 2 – Apply directly to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (Licensing)

You can DIY by going here. I have written a blog about how to apply for an operator’s licence, you can read that here.

Do I need a Transport Manager?

Yes, you do. To get a standard international goods vehicle operator licence when operating vans over a MAM over 2.5t in the EU, you will now need a Transport Manager (or external transport manager). This is someone who is responsible for:

  • Planning routes and scheduling delivery times
  • Managing your team of drivers and administration staff
  • Making sure drivers follow company and industry regulations
  • Arranging vehicle maintenance, MOTs and tax payments
  • Organising vehicle replacements.

You must either:

  • Apply to get an existing member of staff (including yourself) temporarily recognised as a transport manager
  • Employ someone with a Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification
  • Hire an external qualified transport manager.

What are my transport manager options?

You have three options:

Option 1 – Use an existing member of staff temporarily recognised as a transport manager through Grandfather rights

If you decide to get an existing member of staff temporarily recognised as a transport manager, they must have at least 10 years of experience managing fleets of vehicles before 20 August 2020.

  1. The member of staff needs to apply to be temporarily recognised as a transport manager (this is sometimes called having ‘acquired rights’). If their application is successful, they’ll be treated as having the Transport Manager CPC qualification until 21 May 2025\
  2. When you apply for your goods vehicle operator licence, you need to apply to add them as the transport manager for your licence
  3. The member of staff needs to pass the CPC qualification by 21 May 2025 to continue being a transport manager after that date
  4. When they’ve fully qualified, they’ll need to keep up a high-quality professional knowledge of transport industry rules and policies.

Option 2 – Get a member of staff qualified

This person will need to take a Transport Manager CPC qualification. This is called the International Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Road Haulage. You will need to take the international For more information, you can read a blog I wrote about how to become a transport manager here.

Option 3 – Hire an External Transport Manager (ETM)

You can hire-in an External Transport Manager. An External Transport Manager, (ETM for short), is essentially a freelance consultant Transport Manager. They’re not someone on your payroll, but they are contracted to work with you to act as your transport manager. Ensure you find an ETM with an International TM CPC qualification and of good repute. If you would like to take this option we can help find an ETM near you!

What will the ETM do?

The external transport manager is there not only to ensure you are compliant but can help reduce your fuel bill, review your current H&S policy status and develop driver training.

Your ETM will manage:

  • Operator Licensing changes and authority communication
  • Working Time Directive Compliance
  • Drivers Hours Compliance
  • Tachograph Analysis
  • Vehicle Periodic Maintenance Inspection Schedule
  • Vehicle Defect Reporting Systems
  • Driving Licence Checks
  • Daily Walk round Inspections
  • Toolbox talks/Driver CPC Training Delivery
  • Driver Reprimands/Disciplinary Hearings.

Your ETM will also:

  • Carry out an initial audit to identify any shortfalls
  • Full systems implementation – Ensure you are equipped with the requisite policies and processes
  • Carry out weekly catch-ups. This is normally remotely
  • Carry out Monthly on-site visits
  • Provide ongoing advice.

For more information about what ETMs do and how much it costs to hire an external transport manager go here.

How much does an ETM cost?

Prices start from £450.00. Check out our ETM prices here

How can I find an External Transport Manager?

Here at TMconsultant we operate an ETM finder service. All you need to do is provide us with some basic information and we’ll find an ETM near you! Either, complete this form or get in touch, we’re here to share the knowledge!