Do you operate a few trucks or minibuses at work? You may not be aware of EU requirements for all drivers of category C, C1, D, D1 vehicles to undertake 35 hours of training every 5 years to improve skills and knowledge, if they wish to continue driving on business.
The first deadline for compliance with the Driver CPC programme is September 2014. If you don’t have a training programme in place there are just 9 months left to complete the training, and authorised suppliers are getting busier. There are very few exemptions.
Taking advantage of this chance to achieve compliance whilst targeting other challenges makes sound business sense. What are your greatest unpredictable costs? Do drivers seem to use more fuel than they should? Are there a number of minor incidents that lead to costly repairs? Do you feel that your insurance premium is increasing disproportionately through expensive claims?
With more deaths on UK roads than there are in the workplace managing your occupational road risk is an important focus area.
Training your drivers to understand the risks whilst:
- improving their fuel consumption
- reducing the chances of a claim
- meeting Driver CPC targets
will simultaneously provide a return on investment that makes sound financial sense.
If you would like to find out more about the Driver CPC programme and how to benefit, or even simply to ask questions, feel free to call the Risk Management team on 01733 426015 without obligation.