The DVSA has been running its own voluntary register of LGV driving instructors for some time, but will end the system on December 31, 2016.
This allows the DVSA to concentrate on carrying out driving tests for which it is legally obliged. This helps the DVSA to reduce waiting times for truck, coach and bus tests to a minimum.
Continuation of the benefits of the teacher register
DVSA has worked closely with the training industry and professional associations to ensure that the benefits of a registry are maintained.
The Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) has introduced a new national register of LGV trainers supported by the DVSA. The register will go online from January 2, 2017.
The new register is kept for the public benefit. It will promote the value and importance of membership in a recognized, quality assured register of lecturers.
Anyone who is in the voluntary register of LGV trainers of the DVSA can switch to the new register free of charge.
Setting standards for safe and responsible driving
Mark Winn, Head of Professional Policy at DVSA, said:
DVSA’s number one priority is bringing you a lifetime of safe driving.
I am proud that the DVSA will support the new driving instructor register of the LGV industry.
The DVSA will be part of the Governance Committee, which oversees the provision and development of the register and the related audit. We continue to set standards for driver training through our role on the committee and by maintaining the national standard for truck driving.
Richard Brewer, Manager of the National Register of LGV Instructors, said:
The new registry will be maintained on a non-profit basis for the road transport industry by the industry best placed to develop a relevant and robust registry for the future.
Through the cooperation, the register will improve the standards of LGV driver training and at the same time offer the opportunity to further expand the register and to professionalize the LGV training industry as a whole.
Industry support for the new register
The new registry is also supported by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
Colin Snape, RHA’s Assistant Director of Policy, said:
The Road Haulage Association fully supports the need for professionalism in truck driver instructors and the need for a formal register.
We believe that with the addition of RTITB, the continuity of excellence in truck driver education will be maintained.