FTA urges fleets to address driver CPC requirements
Nic Allen, FTA's general manager of training, said: 'FTA members have identified Driver CPC training as their greatest concern, along with fuel duty and transport costs. In order to alleviate anxiety, companies should act now to ensure that they do not miss out on the highest quality courses available. Indeed if companies fail to plan now, there is a real risk that by 2014 demand for Driver CPC training will outstrip the capability for quality training providers to give the measured service that the industry should expect. To that end, many operators also find that working to a five year contract with FTA gives them peace of mind in the planning of their resources, budgets and driver availability.'
The FTA is also highlighting how driver CPC courses can offer companies benefits that will improve the way they operate overall.
Nic Allen continued: 'Companies should embrace Driver CPC as a way to improve performance in terms of more fuel efficient driving, safer loading, drivers' hours compliance, better driver walk-around checks and improved customer service. Compulsory training should be about more than just a box-ticking exercise; quality courses will bring with them many long-term commercial benefits, enabling real value for money to be achieved.'