Q: What is your product?
Safe and fuel efficient driving (Larger Goods Vehicles and Passenger Carrying Vehicles) Scania driver CPC Module B. This is one of five driver trainer modules available from the vehicle manufacturer.
Q: Why do you need it?
HGV drivers have to undergo periodic CPC training throughout their careers. The statutory requirement is to have 35 hours training every five years under Driver CPC legislation brought in by EU Directive 2003/59. The first five year period comes to an end in 2014 and any driver who has not completed the training will no longer be permitted to drive – having a relevant driving licence alone will no longer be enough.
Q: How is it different?
At the moment Scania is the only manufacturers’ scheme that has received accreditation from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) driver training company, Drive & Survive.
Q: What benefits does it offer?
This particular training module offers savings as driving more efficiently reduces fuel consumption and costs. But Scania can also tailor the training to the needs of the operator and it can be made industry specific. Drivers attending the course get free 12 months affiliate membership to the IAM.
Q: Any more savings?
If you have a big fleet, for example, you might want Scania to train your trainer and then they will be able to operate under the Scania banner and train the rest of your drivers. This could save both time and money. Scania will then need to come in once a year and perform annual audits to make sure the trainer stays at required standards.
Companies that don’t always know where their drivers are until a few days’ notice can find it difficult to do any long term training planning, so having its own dedicated trainer that can react when a driver becomes available is beneficial. Scania also offers evening training option for companies that have a lot of drivers operating late shifts.
Q: Where is the training?
Scania offers the training at over 90 of its dealerships nationally and can send trainers out to client premises.
Q: How often do you have to do the training?
In theory you could do a week’s worth of training and then do nothing for the next five years – but that’s not in the spirit of the legislation. The key is in the title ‘periodic’ training.
Q: Anything else?
There are a lot of operators leaving this training until the last minute – they don’t want to train someone who might not necessarily be with them for the next five years. However, the danger is it will get to the point where there are not enough trainers to go round. The training is something that needs to be happening now.