Leyland Trucks helps Preston's College students

Leyland Trucks is providing local students with technical and work-place skills to help them make the transition from education into the workplace.

The Lancashire-based builder of Daf Trucks will be lending resources to the new £13m Innovation and STEM (iSTEM) Centre at Preston’s College in Fulwood, Preston which opens this September.

It includes donating engines and componentry, supplying technical expertise - both in the lecture room and on-site courses at its factory - plus experience of real employment scenarios.

Leyland Trucks is sponsoring the electrical and electronics area of the new centre to recreate a working environment using company procedures and values, health and safety protocols and departmental engineering practices.

It is also supplying work-wear and personal protective equipment to enable students to experience the look and feel of a Leyland Trucks employee.

The company has also offered to design a tailored project to help media students develop their new-business and project management skills.

Ivan Shearer, HR director at Leyland Trucks, said: “Investing in young people at the start of their careers often means an opportunity to harness the very best talent in years to come.

“The iSTEM Centre really does provide a centre of excellence for engineering skills in the North West, and we want to fully engage with the curriculum.”

Chris Wood, Vice-Principal, excellence and learning at Preston’s College, added: “The support provided by Leyland Trucks is critical to ensuring that the iSTEM Centre provides the workforce of tomorrow with a real work environment in which they can develop their skills.”

O-licence revoked for lack of Driver CPC and maintenance issues

An operator that allowed a driver to drive HGVs without a valid Driver CPC has been stripped of its O-licence, while its transport manager’s repute was “severely tarnished” for failing to perform his duties.

Sheffield-based Todwick Haulage had its O-licence revoked by deputy traffic commissioner (TC) Fiona Harrington in a public inquiry in Leeds last month, after a driver was fined for not having completed the required periodic training.

DVSA investigations following the incident found a range of maintenance failings, including a delayed prohibition issued for an exhaust defect, and an annual test failure rate of 100% for vehicles and 75% for trailers.

Issues with untimely vehicle and trailer safety inspections were also found, and the company did not have systems in place for checking brake performance and analogue and digital tachograph records.

The company had no evidence of driver defect reporting being carried out and one of its vehicles was discovered with an expired tax disc.

During the hearing on 27 May, transport manager Anthony Hughes openly accepted the mistakes he made since beginning his role in June 2014.

The deputy TC found that his repute and professional competence had been severely tarnished by failing to ensure he carried out his duties effectively, but stopped short of making further findings against him as she acknowledged his apology.

Harrington also took into account Hughes’ commitment to undertake transport manager refresher training on an ongoing basis.

Director John White failed to attend the public inquiry and had not been present during the DVSA’s investigations. Lewis White, who identified himself as manager when the DVSA visited its premises, was found to have been fronting the business by the deputy TC and was disqualified, along with John White, from acting as a director indefinitely.

The company was also disqualified from holding or obtaining an O-licence in any traffic area.