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DVSA Announces Fines for Drivers Hours Offences
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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced new fines for commercial drivers who break the drivers’ hour’s rules.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has announced new fines for commercial drivers who break the drivers’ hour’s rules.

Drivers of LGVs, buses or coaches could be fined up to £300 if they are found to be breaking the drivers’ hours’ rules. Offenders may also be at risk of being prosecuted or having their vehicle immobilised. The current ruling states that the DVSA can only apply fines to drivers for offences committed on the day in question and any ongoing offences, such as the doctoring of tachograph records. However, the new ruling will enable the DVSA to issue on-the-spot fines for any drivers’ hours offences committed within a 28 day period.

During a roadside check, DVSA traffic examiners will be permitted to issue fines for up to five offences, resulting to a possible fine of up to £1,500 for drivers who have consistently broken rules in just one check. What’s more, even if a driver does not reside in the UK, they could be issued with a fine which must be paid in full before their journey can resume.

The official date for the new rule to take effect is yet to be released, but RTITB will be sure to update this story as soon as the news is available.

In addition to the above, the DVSA has announced the launch of fines for drivers who fail to take adequate rests. From 1st November 2017, drivers will face a £300 fine if they spend their full weekly rest break in their vehicle within a location that is a nuisance to other road users, for example taking their full break in the lorry cab, parked in a layby.


For more information on the new DVSA fines, visit the DVSA website.

Tyre Company Fined £300k After Operator is Crushed by Lift Truck
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A tyre company has been fined £300,000 following the breach of health and safety regulations which resulted in the death of a forklift operator.

A tyre company has been fined £300,000 following the breach of health and safety regulations which resulted in the death of a forklift operator.

In July 2014, operator, Stephen Woollas, was working at the Gonerby Hill Foot site of Vau-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd. Mr Woollas was moving a load of tyres whilst travelling forward, but was unable to see the path ahead of him. Whilst moving forward, the truck tipped over, crushing Mr Woollas underneath it.

The investigation found that at the time of the incident, Mr Woollas was not wearing a seatbelt. However, further investigation found that the warning device on the seatbelt, which indicates when an operator is moving off without wearing the seatbelt, had been disabled. The belt had instead been clipped into the latching mechanism, found behind the seat. Other lift trucks on the premises were also found to have the seatbelt warning device disabled.

Although the firm has health and safety policies in place which requires operators to wear seatbelts, it was found that these policies were not enforced. It was also found that that no policy had been put in place for operators to drive in reverse only when their view moving forwards was obstructed.

Alex Stein, prosecutor on the case, commented: “Mr Woollas was driving a fork lift at the company’s site when the truck tipped on to its side and he was crushed under it. He was driving without a seatbelt carrying a load of tyres. There was a restricted view available to him as he was driving forwards. The requirement to reverse in the forklift truck wasn’t being enforced.”

He continued: “The fork lift truck became destabilised and tipped over. The investigator is confident that the destabilising came from riding over a tyre. Because Mr Woollas was driving forward with a stack in front of him he had no chance of seeing anything. As the fork truck fell over, Mr Woollas was trapped. Workers did their very best to free him and an ambulance was called, but tragically he did not survive.”

At Lincoln Crown Court, Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres was found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations and fined £300,000, with further prosecution costs of £25,000.

Malcolm Galloway from Vacu-Lug commented after the case: “The company accepts, by its plea, that it did not do sufficient. This is not a bad company. It had taken health and safety very, very seriously and was doing its utmost to make sure that its employees worked within a safe environment. This was a company with systems in place to try and be proactive with health and safety. This is not a case of total failure by the company due to disregard and not caring.”

 

Source: Grantham Journal, Vacu-Lug fined £300,000 following death of Grantham fork-lift truck driver, Friday 15th September 2017. Read the full article. 

Bidvest Logistics Reports £25,000 Fuel Saving with the RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium
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Bidvest Logistics has reported a saving of £25,000 on fuel costs, as a result of a bespoke fuel efficiency course devised by RTITB’s Master Driver CPC Consortium. 

Bidvest Logistics has reported a saving of £25,000 on fuel costs, as a result of a bespoke fuel efficiency course devised by RTITB’s Master Driver CPC Consortium.

Bidvest has reported that it’s also on track to further improve the average miles-per-gallon of its fleet, potentially increasing their savings further to a total of up to £60,000, whilst also expanding RTITB’s Driver CPC Periodic training to its network of 700 LGV drivers throughout the UK.

Bidvest Logistics established a business objective of increasing efficiency within its transport department, improving the miles-per-gallon of its fleet. Following a review of its existing training programme, Bidvest established that training focused on safe and economic driving could be used to decrease fuel consumption, whilst also helping to improve driving technique and reduce accidents.

To fulfil the company’s training needs, Bidvest Logistics approached RTITB to devise a bespoke course, Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED) to meet their unique needs. Following delivery of this training, which was based on a pre-existing RTITB Driver CPC Periodic Training module, Bidvest was able to increase its average MPG usage from one deport by 0.9MPG, which resulted in the £25,000 saving. The business is now reported to be on target to extend this to 2.1MPG in the near future, equating to a fuel cost saving of £58,500.

Pete Thornton, Operations, Learning and Development Manager for Bidvest Logistics, commented: “We originally started working with RTITB to equip Instructors with a course to promote safe and economical LGV driving. It’s been great to use this SAFED course to help maintain our standards, and the fact that this training can also form part of our Driver CPC Periodic Training is even better.”

RTITB’s Driver CPC courses are designed to deliver real, measurable driver behaviour change and safety improvements. Laura Nelson, RTITB Managing Director, comments: “Safe and Economic Driving is just one of our courses that includes pre and post training assessment to measure improvement amongst trainees, as well as the training team’s performance. Driver results can be evaluated easily online, along with delivery costs, helping businesses to keep track of expenditure and measure ROI.”

“The interactive course meets the learning needs of drivers, helping them to feel more motivated and engaged” Laura continues. “Through the training provided, drivers also feel encouraged to stretch themselves, which has helped to upskill the driver community at Bidvest Logistics.”

Delivering driver training in-house, as opposed to outsourcing, also provided Bidvest Logistics with another way to make potential savings. Working with the RTITB Instructor Academy, Bidvest has doubled its number of trained instructors delivering in-house driver training courses. All instructors have received a formal RTITB qualification, equipping them with the skills required to deliver RTITB Driver CPC Periodic Training at Bidvest’s various depots throughout the UK.

Pete explains “Instructors provided such good feedback on their training that other parts of the business are now looking at whether they could also bring training in-house and reduce costs by following our example of best practice.”

Bidvest Logistics has since become a member of the RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium, which grants access to the full library of Driver CPC training modules available through RTITB. To help achieve maximum driver engagement, these innovative training modules can be delivered through quizzes, case studies, workshops, games and discussions, in manageable 35-minute topics. Pete concluded “Investing in high quality training tells your instructors and your drivers that you believe investing in them is worthwhile. We would absolutely recommend RTITB to other food service and logistics companies.”

Learn more about the RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium now or to discuss your training needs for the food and drink sector, contact our Solutions Manager, Jane Hughes, on +44(0)1952 520207.

Review of NOS 6 Suites Announced for Warehousing and Logistics Sector
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We are pleased to inform you that a review is to be carried out of six suites of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the warehousing and logistics sector. 

We are pleased to inform you that a review is to be carried out of six suites of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the warehousing and logistics sector. Something that will have an impact on all of us and we have been asked to provide feedback. 

The six suites being reviewed are: 

  • Logistics Operations
  • Mail Services
  • Traffic Office
  • Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Supply Chain Management

 

The National Occupational Standards were devised by the industry in order to highlight the skills and knowledge that is required in order to complete tasks to the expected standards. NOS serves a multitude of uses, including job specifications, the identification of training needs and the development of training courses, whilst also acting as a basis for qualifications. As a result, it is vital that the NOS reflect current working practises and legislation within our industry in order to remain fit for purpose.

We are encouraging all RTITB members to aid in the review of the suites, by completing an electronic survey about the potential changes to be made to the current suite.

Complete the online survey now.

Please note the following instructions on how to complete the survey:

  • Open the survey and select the suite you are interested in (not all elements are required to be completed). Some of the suites include sub folders.
  • Click on a folder to view the NOS.
  • Click on each NOS to review and add your own comments.
  • Select 'Write a Comment’ to insert a general comment, or select ‘Comment on Specific Areas’ to add more in-depth comments.

 

The surveys close on 24th September 2017.

RTITB August Bank Holiday Opening Times
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RTITB will be closed on Monday 28th August for the Bank Holiday.

We will be closing the office on Friday 25th August 2017 for the August Bank Holiday and will reopen for business on Tuesday 29th August with normal opening hours 9am until 5pm. If you have an urgent Master Driver CPC query please call our out of hours number which is +44(0)7841918552 , leave a message with your name, contact details and problem and if deemed important we will ensure to call you back.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your custom, we hope you have a most enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

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