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The new online driver enquiry service, developed by DSA, has just been launched to allow lorry, bus and coach drivers working towards Driver CPC to go online to check records of the periodic training they’ve done.

Lorry, bus and coach drivers can access the service 24 hours a day, which provides a clear and simple online record, showing:

  • the driver’s Driver CPC qualification expiry date (bus and coach and / or lorry)
  • details of each training course completed

Drivers can register to use the service at


The service also allows drivers to give current or prospective employers temporary access to their training records – allowing them to confirm how much periodic training the driver has completed in their five year cycle.

This online service should also benefit trainers by reducing the need for them to respond to individual driver and operator enquiries.

Uploading training records

It should only take up to five days from course completion for a driver’s training record to be updated.

If you’re a trainer, it’s important to get records added within this period.

If you’re a driver and your record hasn’t been updated within this time, you should contact your trainer directly. If you don’t get a satisfactory response from them, you should then raise this with DSA

Linking to the service

If you’re a trainer or employer and want to add a button to your website that links to this service, you can do so using the attached graphic.

You can also add the following message to the training certificate you issue at the end of your training course – helping to raise awareness of the service:

Link button for enquiry service
“Check your periodic training has been recorded


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Following an initial meeting last November at Driving for Better Business Champion Michelin, The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership with support from theStaffordshire Business and Environment Network has launched a county-wide network of businesses which put managing road risk high on their agendas.  Now following a successful workshop held at JCB, Some thirty local businesses have agreed to work together to improve their internal programmes for managing those who drive for work.

Central to the launch event was a workshop led by four Driving for Better Business champion companies, ArvalBT, Enterprise and Langleys. The event also provided delegates an opportunity to try out the DOC diagnostic software programme also being used by a number of leading international companies including Shell.

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Bury Driving  Test Centre is to have an open day on the 30th March betwwen 9.30 to 11.30, all ADI’s and candidates who would like to see the full refurbishment or discuss any local issues are most welcome.

I will definitely be going !

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I Would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and Very Safe New Year on our roads.

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Gary Lineker has teamed up with Ingenie a car insurance brand for young drivers and produced a video to urge young drivers stay safe on the roads this Christmas and not to drink at all before driving. Research revealed that 87% of young drivers under the age of 24 are killed or seriously injured in crashes in the UK, were over the drink-drive alcohol limit.

Lets hope this message is getting through not drink and drive, it would be interesting to know the statics for Bury and Bolton?

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Tougher rules to prevent trainee instructors from teaching and to allow L Drivers on motorways have been announced by the road safety minister. Under the plans it will be possible for learner drivers to undergo some training on a motorway, however it will not be made compulsory because of the difficulties learners in remote areas of the country might have in gaining access to a motorway. Also Mr Penning stated that he plans to ban trainee driving instructors from giving lessons unless they are also supervised by a fully qualified instructor.

I totally agree with allowing L Drivers on motorways with a qualified instructor to get valuable experience, but if you look at the roads around Bury and Bolton we are extremely lucky to have dual carriageways with slip roads e.g. ST Peters Way in Bolton and also the Haslingden by-pass from Bury/Edenfield up to Rawtenstall, part of which is where the  national speed limit applies, so really there is no excuse while learning to drive, that some of these roads cannot be used to get some experience now.

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A new framework setting out key competences for driving instructors and rider trainers has been published by the DSA. The standards set out the skills,knowledge and understanding required for trainers to deliver training for both before and post driving test. More details can be found on the DSA website.

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Research at Texas University have determined a drivers reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message. The study reveals how the impairment is even greater than many experts believed, and demonstrates how a drivers are less able to react to sudden hazards on the roads.

The amount of drivers I see regularly while I  drive around Bury and Bolton, texting or blatantly using their mobile phones without any regards of their driving or other road users  is shockingly high.

Sky High Insurance


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The institute of advanced motorist (IAM)  have called on the insurance companies  to look at how they calculate insurance premiums for young drivers. The IAM state that if young drivers are being priced off the roads due to the high cost of insurance premiums, then how can they gain the experience necessary to drive on the roads which could put them and other road users at risk.

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I have now received a final reply from my local MP, Mr Ivan Lewis, concerning the temporary closure of Bury Driving Test Centre. In a letter he received from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) they are still unable to confirm a specific date for the re-opening of the test centre but have assured us that the DSA remain committed to re-opening Bury DTC by the end of the year. It looks like this is the best information we are going to get, however if I receive any more infomation I will post it on the news page.

I would also like thank Mr Ivan Lews MP, for his prompt reply and help with this issue.

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