Van Training - Eco Safed, Car Training, Mini Bus training, Midas, CPC, Advanced Training, Fleet Training in the UK

Van Training, – Eco Safed, Car Training, Mini Bus training, Midas, CPC, Advanced Training, Fleet Training in the UK.

There are more than 3.6 million vans used for business across the UK.

The police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have the power to carry out spot checks on your vehicles and issue prohibitions if necessary. A prohibition prevents your drivers from driving until you get a problem with your vehicle fixed.

As part of targeted roadside checks, DVSA stops around 15,600 vans each year. DVSA estimates that being stopped can cost owners and operators up to £4,000 per day, per vehicle.

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As part of the Government’s strategy to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Britain’s roads they are pursuing a programme of driving assessment and, if necessary, re-training for drivers who are potentially at higher than normal risk.

Participants involved include the Health and Safety Executive, the Driving Standards Agency and a number of private training organisations. Currently the scheme is voluntary but research shows that companies who take part in the scheme can potentially reduce their operating costs and offer health and safety benefits to their drivers.

Although statistically the UK has one of the lowest road accident rates in the EC, nonetheless some 1775 people die each year on UK roads and a further 22,800 suffering long-term incapacity and a further 40,000 are injured.

It is therefore in the interests of everyone to try and reduce this wastage and suffering.

The two groups of drivers most at risk are firstly the young (17 to 25yr olds) and secondly the company driver.

The young have accidents largely because of inexperience or immaturity. Measures are currently being sought to counter this.

Statistics show that the average driver (10,000 miles per year) has a 1 in 7 risk of an accident in any one year. For the high mileage (50,000+ per year) company driver this risk factor is increased by some 67%, a risk factor of 1 in 3.

This is not because the company driver overall is a worse driver than the average driver; it simply means that more miles and time on the road equals more exposure. Also, it does not mean that all drivers are equally at risk. All have differing levels of skills, some are very good, others not so good.


Assessment and re-training

This again is two-fold. Firstly to seek the aspects of the driver’s skills that could be adjusted to reduce risks and secondly to suggest and perhaps demonstrate corrective measures that should counter these risk elements.

It has to be recognised however, that every driver is at potential risk whenever they are driving. The purpose of assessment and correction is to try and reduce the risks to as low a level as possible.

For some drivers this may mean just a few and quite small adjustment, even if any. For others it may mean a more extensive approach. The only person who can make these corrections, however, is the driver. Adjustments to the driving skills can only be made with acceptance and self-motivation, particularly as there is no requirement for a further formal driving test.

Any deviation by the driver that is at variance with the rules and guidance offered by the Highway Code presents an element of risk. However, some deviations offer a greater risk factor than others. Research has shown that drivers tend to deviate within common practices, and that many of these practices are in high-risk categories.


Authentication and certification

The Driving Standards Agency maintains the register of driving instructors who are suitably qualified to assess and correct fleet driver discrepancies.

In order to achieve uniformity, the DVSA will control the qualification procedure.

Initially, trainers who could establish their routine involvement in the Fleet Training Industry, or who had successfully completed a DSA accredited training course, could apply to join the register, although they had to be registered ADIs to do so. This concession ended in April 2003.

The only route now for trainers to join the DSA register of Fleet Driver Trainers is to already be listed on the ADI register, and then to either successfully complete the DSA three-part examination for Fleet Trainers, or successfully complete a DSA accredited training course for Fleet Trainers.

How can re-training assist?

Re-assess and if necessary-

  • improve the driver’s psychomotor skills
  • improve the driver’s cognitive skills
  • improve the driver’s effective skills


No re-training programme can operate in isolation

It requires co-operation and motivation from both the company drivers and the company


The benefits for the company

If the company employees can reduce their accident rates insurance premiums should reduce.

Whilst a short re-training programme for drivers will not completely eliminate these potential risks and costs, it should reduce the risks, particularly if the company can also add incentive for employees to maintain their improved knowledge and skill levels once the training is complete.