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Recently a delegate provided an Irish Driving Licence which does not have a standard driving licence number it has an 8-character code shown at position 5. The trainer was able to obtain the normal driving licence number which was displayed on the delegates DQC; however, the 8-digit code is all you need to upload.

Recently a delegate provided an Irish Driving Licence which does not have a standard driving licence number it has an 8-character code shown at position 5. The trainer was able to obtain the normal driving licence number which was displayed on the delegates DQC; however, the 8-digit code is all you need to upload. Please confirm on register and Suzanne will complete the upload.

DQC:

We are starting to see an increase in the number of drivers who believe they can attend their next tranche of training once they receive their new DQC. This is incorrect and drivers MUST wait until their period ends which for most is still 9th September 2019.

Highways Code:

The new Highways Code which will be printed later this year will have 2 changes which can be delivered as updates on DCPC courses.

  1. Requirement to maintain a 1.5-metre safety margin when passing cyclists
  2. Change to the Red X which will now require drivers to retain the correct lane having passed the red X in the affected lane until the END sign is displayed. This is to stop drivers returning to the affected lane to complete overtakes in the affected lane having complied with the previous red X whilst in the next section of SMART Motorway link prior to the next red X.

Exemptions:

A question was recently asked regarding a driver who is driving on Trade plates, we can confirm that a driver delivering a new build or re furbished vehicle on Trade plates is exempt from DCPC; this does not extend to car transporter drivers.

New Courses:

We are pleased to announce our 2 x new courses which can be delivered following approval post the 8th of August 2019, they are: -

  1. Operator Licence Compliance.
  2. In Cab Technology.    

We will be delivering Train the Trainer sessions later this year to allow  trainers without SME background in these subjects to be signed off and resourced, please let Suzanne know if you wish to be trained in these deliveries.

Traffic Commisioner

Haulier’s fleet restricted after failing to arrange laden brake tests

Owner also disqualified from acting as transport manager until new CPC exam is passed

Earlier this week we looked at the issue of brake testing.

Unfortunately, it’s something traffic commissioners still have to deal with at public inquiry.

Take this case from last year. The operator was called to a hearing after failing to keep a promise made at a previous inquiry.

All vehicles and trailers were meant to have a meaningful (laden) roller brake test every quarter.

But when DVSA checked, this wasn’t happening.

Insufficient loads

The company’s director (and transport manager) said the maintenance contractor had too much work on and couldn’t provide a reliable service. That’s the reason he gave for not having any laden brake tests.

He also hadn’t noticed the brake test printouts included a warning about insufficient loads.

The tests were conducted at only 20% of design axle weight.

A trailer test achieved only 390kgf on one wheel. When it was retested 45 minutes later, it achieved 536kgf.

That’s around 10-12% brake effort. The legal minimum is 45%. Or in the case of the trailer’s wheel station, a force equivalent to 2025kg.

Impact on repute and business:

Failing to keep promises made at a public inquiry goes to the repute of the operator and transport manager.

Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney said the operator’s conduct had been reckless.

He disqualified the transport manager (who has to take his CPC qualification again) and cut the operator’s fleet – beyond what the business said it could cope with losing.

The firm won't get its full authorisation back until all vehicles and trailers have a fresh PMI including a brake test – with each axle loaded to at least 80% of design axle weight.

Mr Rooney used the case to point out that unladen brake testing in relation to PMIs is pointless.

A locked wheel doesn't necessarily mean a good brake unless it locks at or above the minimum brake force required for the vehicle.

Heavy vehicles needing an annual test for the first time:

Certain vehicles with heavy goods chassis will need to have had an annual test by 20 May 2019 to remain legal on Britain's roads. 

This is because some heavy goods vehicles lost their test exemption in May 2018 and came into the scope of test.

Vehicles must now pass an annual test before the next vehicle tax renewal is due.

Vehicles now needing a test certificate include:

  1. Mobile cranes
  2. Breakdown vehicles (not breakdown vans)
  3. Tower wagons
  4. Some mobile engineering plants
  5. Some trailers designed for the production of asphalt
  6. Road construction vehicles (not road rollers)
  7. Electrically propelled motor vehicles first registered since 1 March 2015
  8. Tractor units pulling exempt trailers
  9. Certain motor tractors and heavy and light locomotives exempted under sections
    185 and 186 (3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, where these are based on an HGV chassis.

They will then need a test every year after their first test

JAUPT:

Please ensure drivers are aware that their new DQC will be issued 1 month prior to expiry of their existing and current card and not immediately upon completion of the drivers 35 hours.

The expiry of PCV CPC entitlement for tested entitlements is in fact 09/09/2019 and not as stated on their website as 2018 as this is only for acquired rights drivers who retain the earlier date.

Please all ensure that you have completed all changes to PowerPoints by increasing the font size of the footer on the master slide to 10 displaying Approved Centre and make sure you have the current Aims and Objectives.

Next Newsletter will be delayed as we are updating our courses in August and will provide newsletter late August.

Please remember your contributions and suggestions are most welcome as are the questions.