DVSA allows remote Driver CPC training

DVSA has confirmed that classroom delivery of Driver CPC periodic training has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak and, as a temporary alternative, it will give approved trainers authorisation to deliver accepted courses remotely via digital platforms.

As a result, logistics training specialist SP Training is launching a series of online Driver CPC courses after welcoming DVSA’s announcement. SP Training courses suitable for remote delivery will be split into 3.5-hour sessions to encourage driver engagement and delivered in a live webinar style.

The usual conditions of course approval will be met and the platforms will be suitable for remote auditing. It is expected that hauliers operating primarily in the automotive and fashion logistics sectors, which are currently experiencing lower volumes, will take the opportunity to deliver and catch-up on periodic training. Further details are available by contacting info@sptraininguk.com.

Robin Brown, SP Training chairman (pictured), said: “We welcome the decision by the DVSA to allow remote delivery of periodic training and have responded by offering a series of Driver CPC courses delivered online by our approved trainers. Remote training options give operators greater flexibility to comply with current guidelines and allow drivers to undergo training while isolating and social distancing.”

CILT offer to match hauliers with work

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is calling for transport operators with spare capacity to get in touch so they can be matched with suppliers to ensure the security of the supply chain during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The call is part of a move by CILT to match organisations together so that those who have capacity can help those in need, by making available staff, vehicles and expertise to support the supply chain.

Kevin Richardson, chief executive of CILT, said: “We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure. As the pharmaceutical, medical and grocery supply chains begin to witness a rise in demand, CILT will be putting together a database of available resources for cross-sector collaboration to ensure the UK is able to respond to this crisis.”

CILT is calling for the following to make contact at covidresponse@ciltuk.org.uk:

• Logistics or supply chain organisations with operational shortages including drivers and warehouse operators

• Transport operators with resource availability including drivers and vehicles

• Vehicle rental companies with available vehicles

• Retired members of CILT – who are not classified as “high risk” – and able to offer services and expertise to logistics operations at this time