Driver CPC The importance of ongoing driver development is making sure the job is completed in a safe manner. According to HSA statistics, 44 people died in workplace accidents in Ireland in 2016. Of these, fully 45% of fatalities involved a vehicle of some shape or form. But which vehicles? And what does that tell us about road safety? Of the 20 people who died in vehicle-related workplace accidents in 2016: - 19 were male - 12 were involved in agriculture - 11 were over the age 55 - 8 fatalities involved a tractor On a certain level there is nothing overly surprising here. Farms are dangerous workplaces and farmers do tend to be predominantly older and male, yet beyond that the dangers inherent in warehousing and transportation generally are apparent. Are men riskier drivers? Well, data from the US would tend to suggest that they are: Many more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and more often engage in risky driving practices including not using safety belts, driving while impaired by alcohol, and speeding. Crashes involving male drivers often are more severe than those involving female drivers. So what does this mean those of us who drive for a living or, indeed, manage those who drive for a living? The key lesson to take away from this is that Driver CPC and other forms of ongoing development are critical. Just because someone might be a confident male does not mean that they are a good driver. Equally, being an “experienced” driver does not mean that you will not have an accident. If you or your team need professional assessment and guidance on your driver safety initiatives, call the friendly team at ISM today. ISM Training’s specialist Fleet Division is highly experienced in all aspects of driving for work. We support Ireland’s largest organisations – private, state and semi-state – with the implementation of fleet training solutions to ensure that both that their legal obligations are met but more importantly that their employees are able to drive safely and effectively when carrying out their duties and “driving for work”. If you would like to learn more about how ISM Training and our Fleet Division can help you, call our friendly Customer Care Team today. Our friendly customer Customer Care Team can be contacted on 01 864 1790 and they would be delighted to discuss the consultancy and training options with you.
It is that time of year when thoughts turn to Driver CPC courses and ensuring that your ongoing training requirements are up-to-date. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has a clear process for professional development for those who drive for a living and failure to comply with these can mean that you are not able to earn a wage. In more specific terms, and according to the RSA itself, periodic CPC training is necessary to ensure that professional drivers are Better, safer and more socially responsible More environmentally aware and cost conscious Physically healthier All of these are admirable aims and it is hard to see why anyone would try to avoid periodic training… but you would be surprised! So what is required? If you have already undertaken the basic Initial CPC then it is simply a matter of attending one day of refresher training each year with an RSA-approved instructor. That’s it. Nothing more, just a single day’s training each year and you can get back out on the road, safe in the knowledge that your legal obligations have been met for another year. If, on the other hand, you are new to professional driving or looking to get into the industry then you will need to complete Initial CPC training, but even this is pretty straightforward. The four basic steps are as follows: Successfully complete the relevant theory test for the vehicle you wish to drive (HGV, bus or combined) Successfully complete a two-hour case study theory test Successfully complete the standard 90-minute driving test Successfully complete a 30-minute practical test Let’s face it, if you are looking to become a professional HGV or bus driver then Steps 1 and 3 outlined are things you will have to do anyway so completing Steps 2 and 4 in addition to those is hardly a big ask. Still confused? Don’t be… if you are still unsure what to do or whether you are due to attend a CPC refresher why not ring the experts at ISM Training. We are an RSA-approved CPC training and all our instructors are also RSA approved. So of you want to find out more about Driver CPC or book yourself on a course, call our friendly Customer Care Team staff on 01 864 1790.