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Denton: ‘Operators need more training’

  • 10 July 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Traffic commissioner (TC) for the South East Nick Denton (pictured) says the number of public inquiries would fall significantly if all hauliers enrolled on regular transport manager training courses.

Speaking exclusively to CM, the TC said a 10-day transport manager course he recently attended, which covered drivers’ hours, O-licensing, and many other topics, had “deepened his knowledge”.

He explained: “If you are regulating the industry, you need to know as much about it as possible.

“The most useful part of the course for me was the drivers’ hours section, especially the coverage of more
obscure regulations covering ferry crossings and double manning.

“I’m full of admiration for those transport managers who get it right. There is a lot of material to get to grips with and transport managers have to apply all this day in, day out.”

The TC said he was impressed with the quality of the exercises and classes and how the staff delivered the course.
Denton added: “There were interesting PowerPoint presentations with lots of visual images, and the tutor did it in an amusing way.

“There was also a lot of interaction between the course leader and people attending, as well as the opportunity to
ask questions.”

TC Denton believes transport managers, as well as drivers and owner-operators, can benefit greatly from attending
such courses.

He concluded: “If operators get key staff to take the 10-day transport manager course, or alternatively a three-day intensive course, I believe it could cut the number of public inquiries before me significantly.”


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