Thursday, 20 September 2018

Disqualification for Transport Manager as “Bread and Butter” tasks are not carried out

Disqualification for Transport Manager as “Bread and Butter” tasks are not carried out

A transport manager has been disqualified for not carrying out the very basic tasks required of a transport manager such as setting up systems to monitor and record drivers hours, specifying the vehicles on the companies O’Licence and managing of the O’Licence discs.

The transport manager admitted to not undertaking any form of training since he qualified as a transport manager 22 years ago!!

The Traffic Commissioner who has disqualified the transport manager has stated that the failings of tasks not carried out correctly are the full responsibility of the Transport Manager.

The disqualified transport manager will not be able to undertake any work as a Transport Manager in the future until  he re-takes and passes the Transport Manager CPC Course and  Examinations.

To find out more about Transport Manager CPC Course Click Here

This is a strong message sent out by the traffic commissioner that they are not going to allow Transport Managers to continue in their roles if ongoing training is not undertaken.

To find out more about Transport Manager CPC Refresher Training Click Here

In addition to the Transport Manager being disqualified the operator also had  fallen short of his O’Licence obligations.

The operator ( O’Licence Holder ) had no formal contract with the transport manager so there was no genuine link between the licence holder and the transport manager, which in turn showed the licence holder did not have professional competence and for a standard licence holder that is a mandatory requirement.

Furthermore to the above after a DVSA investigation it found the company did not have a company card to download the vehicle units and the traffic Commissioner had not been notified to a change of maintenance service provider.

This is why it is important that licence holders are fully aware of the duties of what their transport manager is required to do.

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Is Driver CPC going to be scrapped when we leave the EU?

The simple answer to the question is NO! Leaving the EU will have NO impact on drivers CPC.  Even though the regulations were created by the EU, the UK is a signatory of the AETR (European agreement concerning the work crews of vehicles in International road transport) which driver cpc obligations are contained. For the UK to continue to trade within the EU the condition is that we stay a signatory of the AETR, so therefore leaving the EU will not affect the driver CPC obligations for UK professional drivers.

The requirements for Drivers CPC have not changed and major changes are very unlikely to happen before the 2019 September deadline, so the best advice we can give to companies and drivers is not to leave CPC to the last minute.
If you are a company or driver that still firmly believes that cpc will be scrapped before the 2019 September deadline you may come unstuck trying to rush to complete 35 hours of training before the deadline.

A major rush happened in 2014 with many drivers unable to complete the drivers CPC requirements as they had left it until the last minute to undertake training. JAUPT approved training centres all over the country struggled to accommodate drivers due to the time left and availability and, unfortunately that meant not all drivers had the required 35 hours of training by the deadline of September 11th. As a result of this rush the industry suffered, as drivers were not legally allowed to continue to drive professionally until they had completed the full 35 hours. We see this fiasco happening again as 2019 quickly approaches, but this time we are forecasting this rush on a much larger scale affecting a huge number of drivers and companies because people are holding off undertaking periodic driver cpc training because of Brexit!

Despite it being well reported that driver cpc will not change many are refusing to believe this and are putting themselves at risk of losing their career due to lack of qualifications (i.e. a DQC card) and lack of staff, due to the lack of qualified drivers in 2019. Take notice: LEAVING THE EU WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON DRIVER CPC

We are urging companies and drivers to start booking in your periodic training courses NOW whilst time and availability are on your side. There will be a last minute rush and it will cause chaos and you could find yourself unable to complete your required 35 hours of periodic training by the deadline.

There are fewer approved training providers in the UK than there was 5 years ago and whilst these ‘pop up’ one man band training providers are starting to appear they come with their own set of problems! Yes they can do your training cheaper due to lack of overheads however, how safe is your training? For instance what happens in 2-5 years when you need a copy of your certificate because you can find it? Or you find out an upload was invalid and you need to speak to the company to verify an upload? I’ll tell you what happens, you’re up the creek without a paddle because ‘pop up’ and popped off and you become stuck. Always use a reputable company that is not a fly by night, making a quick buck set up, this is to protect you! 

It’s very simple, If you are looking to book your periodic driver CPC training then ensure you book with an approved JAUPT training centre that’s reputable and don’t fall for the cheap, fly by night, making a quick buck set up, it might save you a few quid now but could cost you in the long run.

NTP Services are a JAUPT approved training centre and offer periodic driver cpc training throughout the UK. We offer both offsite and onsite training and have a range of courses to suit your requirements. For more information and to discuss your requirements please contact our friendly team on 01406 424500 or email . You can also find us online at
REMEMBER: It’s not going away, it’s time to act! STAY LEGAL, GET QUALIFIED

Thursday, 26 July 2018

M6 CLOSURE - PLEASE SHARE* The M6 is closed in both directions between Junctions 32 and 33

M6 CLOSURE - PLEASE SHARE The M6 is closed in both directions between Junctions 32 and 33 (as of 8.10 am on Thursday, 26 July).  This is due to an HGV colliding with a bridge.  The bridge has now been deemed unsafe and assessment work is continuing so the closure is likely to be in place for some time.  Northbound traffic will be taken off at Junction 32 and Southbound at Junction 33.  As a result, the A6 and surrounding routes are likely to be heavily congested so please consider whether you can delay your journey or avoid the area completely.  

LOAD THEFT: Brunel Rd Wakefield Ind Est J41 M1

Load theft overnight on the 25/7/18. 

After running out of driving time the driver woke up to three pallets of energy drinks stolen overnight parked up on Brunel Road, Wakefield Industrial Estate Junction 41 off the M1.

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Haulage and Trailers Act bolsters EU exit preparations

New powers provide reassurance for hauliers to continue planning for a smooth EU exit. 

New legislation on cross-border haulage has (19 July 2018) been given Royal Assent marking a significant step in the government’s preparations for exiting the European Union.

The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act will ensure that the UK has the powers it needs to support British hauliers to continue operating internationally after exiting the EU.

As our recent White Paper set out, the government’s overall aim in its negotiations with the EU is to retain reciprocal access for road hauliers.

However, it is possible that the future exit deal could require a form of permitting system and the government needs to have legal frameworks in place to introduce a new administrative structure. This act provides the government with this flexibility.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

Royal Assent of the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act is a significant step in our preparations for exiting the European Union.
The haulage industry is at the heart of our trading relationship with the EU and we are confident that we will reach an agreement to maintain the current liberal access that is beneficial to both sides.
But these powers give us the flexibility to have systems in place if a permit system is required and provides reassurance for hauliers to continue planning for a smooth EU exit.

The act comes as part of wider government preparations to ensure the UK can deliver a smooth and orderly EU exit.

The key elements of the act include:

  • establishment of a framework for the regulation and enforcement of existing permit arrangements with non-EU countries which may be used, if necessary, to manage permits arrangement with EU, ensuring hauliers can obtain the necessary paperwork to provide services after the UK leaves the EU
  • the establishment of a trailer registration scheme allowing UK trailers users to meet the registration standards outlined in the 1968 Vienna Convention - this will ensure UK operators driving on the continent can comply with the requirements of those EU countries which require the registration of all trailers travelling on their roads

The DVSA is making progress in creating a permit administration scheme and the DVLA on establishing a trailer registration scheme. It is intended that both will be open for applications later this year.

The department has also begun working with stakeholders to produce a trailer safety report. This follows extensive debate around trailer safety during Parliamentary consideration of the act. The report, scheduled to be published by July 2019, will consider whether mandatory registration and periodic roadworthiness testing should be extended to additional trailer categories.