Hello dear readers,
With everything going on and soo many changes to legislation I thought I would focus on how all of these changes are effecting you as a driver! With COVID-19 we are all doing our best to social distance but the country still needs you amazing drivers to keep going.
What changes have been made you may ask? Let's start with ADR. There has a been a Multilateral Agreement M324, this basically means...that if you already have an ADR licence and it was due to expire between 1st March 2020 and 1st November 2020 then your licence is extended but be renewed before 30th November 2020. This should help keep the world ticking over and please do book with us on our November or December course ready to get back to it once all this is all over.
In order to make this work they have also issued out an Authorisation 946 that you must carry with you as proof of this extension. If you do have your ADR licence renewed in the meantime or pass for the first time then carrying this is a necessity as for the time being they have stopped printing the certificates.
Now...what is going on with CPC. This has been a tough one for us here at Prigmore Haulage. We wanted to adhere to the government procedures on social distancing but we also wanted to make sure that everyone possible could receive the training. We have finally managed to get an answer. As with ADR the licence has been extended, so if your licence is to expire between 1st March 2020 to 30th September 2020 you may continue to drive as long as you have a drivers qualifications card.
If you do not have a DQC then you will need to still get your 35 hours. The DVSA has approved centres who can fulfill their requirements with the ability to teach virtually. We are one of those centers! We are aiming to run a week's course the first week in May and depending on the uptake we will go from there. So how does this work? We would need you to be able to have internet access and a computer with a camera and microphone. We will send you a meeting link with a code to type in and then we will still need documents to be signed in which more details will be given at booking.
We are limiting all our virtual training to 6 people as this will allow the trainer and the delegates to be able to communicate so it will be on a first come first served basis.
If you have any questions on any of the above please do get in touch.
Finally, I just wanted to say a great big thank you to all of you truckers out there at a time like this!
Thank you for reading, drive (and stay) safe and over to you.