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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 direct.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc

Benefits

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 viadcpc.complaints@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

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 atdirect.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc

 

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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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More driving test candidates to benefit from better local services

Driving test candidates across the country are set to benefit from a more convenient service as the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) extends a trial exploring a new approach to test delivery.

As well as using conventional driving test centres, the DSA has been looking at whether practical driving tests can be delivered from other venues such as local authority buildings, hotels or leisure centres.

This new approach is currently being trialled at eight locations, and following positive feedback from candidates and instructors, the DSA now plans to extend the scheme to five more areas across the country.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“We have to be more flexible and innovative in delivering driving tests to make sure that we are offering people the best service possible wherever they live and I am delighted that these first trials have proved successful.

“We are now extending the trial so that more candidates will be able to benefit from a service that is convenient as well as being cost effective.”

The DSA plans to further develop this model and extend the scheme across areas in and surrounding: Watford, Manchester, Kettering, Glasgow and Worcester. In each area, DSA will look to identify a number of locations where there is sufficient demand for local test provision. Tests could be provided from local authority buildings, or from local businesses such as hotels or retail outlets.

As part of the longer term planning for driving test delivery, the DSA is looking for opportunities to work in partnership with the private sector across the country. Tests will still be conducted by DSA examiners, but the agency is inviting businesses who may be interested in providing premises for delivering driving tests to register their interest. A Prior Information Notice is being published in the Official Journal of the European Union and the agency hopes to attract interest from a wide section of the business community.

Fuel Tanker Strike

Mar
2012
27

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With the threat of strike Action by the fuel tanker drivers you can see the effect of panic buying as I drive around Bury and Bolton today .

Following a ballot by the union Unite, fuel tanker drivers have voted to undertake strike action.

The government has condemned this potentially disruptive action and urged both sides to negotiate a settlement to avoid strike action.

Fuel supplies

There is currently no problem with fuel supplies. But if a strike were to go ahead, supplies of fuel to some, but not all, forecourts across the UK could be affected.

The government is able to take a number of steps to minimise disruption, in particular to make sure the emergency services get the supplies they need.

How you can help

Motorists can also help by following the following sensible advice:

  • don’t change your purchasing behaviour, refuel as you normally would, planning ahead if you have a long journey to go on
  • stick to speed limits as this helps conserve fuel
  • don’t queue at petrol forecourts, this causes congestion and increases disruption
  • check travel sites and latest news before travelling

 

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Manchester City Council’s team of seven road safety officers has been disbanded in order to save £132,000 from the council’s highways budget, according to Manchester Evening News.

 

Older Drivers

Feb
2012
22

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And the number of drivers over the age of 80 now stands at more than one million according to information obtained by the IAM.

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The DfT has awarded £8m to Sustrans, the transport charity, to fund projects to enhance cycle routes across England.

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The AA is set to launch a new insurance policy which uses ‘black box’ technology to track driver performance and set premiums.

 

Bury Rural Roads

Feb
2012
14

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Research have found that  Young drivers living in rural areas are 37% more likely to be involved in an injury collision than their urban counterparts, according to a new report.

There are a lot of very good examples of these types of roads around the Bury and Bolton area, so getting valuable experience on these roads while actually learning to drive is quite easy, and should be included in a properly structured course of driving lessons.

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I have been in contact again with my local MP Mr Ivan Lewis concerning Bury Test Centre, and I have  received another letter from him to inform me that due to the lack of work of work being carried out at Bury Test Centre, he is now again writing to the Chief Executive of Driving Standards Agency (DSA) asking for an update on the work and a likely completion date. Again many thanks for his effort in this matter, please check again for further news.

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