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Driver Recruitment Agency 24-7 Drivers

15 Nov 2010

Wttl continue to work with the driver recruitment agency 24-7 Drivers to train their drivers and help to put more skilled drivers on the road in our local community.

Recruitment and training go hand in hand and we have been working with 24-7 Drivers for a number of years now providing Drivers CPC courses, LGV licence acquisitions and general refresher courses to help up-skill their drivers to the high standard that
24-7 Drivers demand.

24-7 Drivers have two offices based in Chippenham and Yate. For more information on 24-7 Drivers and the services that they provide please visit their website at www.24-7drivers.co.uk.

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The use of magnets with Digital Tachographs

13 Nov 2010

The Road Haulage Association is calling for a step-change in enforcement against lorry drivers who use magnets to hide how many hours they are driving.

“Penalties are nothing like adequate,” said RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning. “Magnets disrupt the signal from the truck to the tachograph, allowing them to flout the law by driving for long periods which are not recorded. This creates a real danger to other road users and disrupts the haulage market for reputable firms.

It is quite rare for British drivers to use magnets. The consequences are severe for both the driver, who is likely to lose his vocational licence and in all likelihood for the employer, who may lose his licence to operate trucks. In short, they may both be put out of the industry.

The situation is very different in respect of drivers from abroad. The Central Motorway Police Group has revealed that 30% of non-UK registered trucks subjected to targeted checks in the first quarter of this year were found to be using a magnet.

It is common for such foreign drivers to get away with a £200 fixed penalty, imposed at the roadside for the lesser offence of failing to keep a record. This is an inadequate deterrent. We understand why fixed penalties are used – it is easier than the alternative, which is to have a police officer arrest the driver and take him to court. That happens in some cases but not nearly enough. Even if the driver is brought to court and found guilty, the penalty from magistrates is often woefully inadequate for such a serious offence. We are urging VOSA and the police to take the driver to court as a matter of course when there is evidence that he has used a magnet, and for the courts to then impose a heavy fine and instant disqualification on the driver if he is guilty.

We need to send an unequivocal message to foreign drivers and their employers that the use of magnets to cheat the drivers’ hours rules will not be tolerated in the UK,” Geoff Dunning concluded.

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Wttl support Road Safety Week

13 Oct 2010

Wttl are happy to lend our annual support to Road Safety Week, an initiative by Brake, which this year runs from 22nd to 28th November 2010.

Each year Brake chooses topics that are the biggest killers on our roads. The theme for Road Safety Week 2010 is: KIDS SAY SLOW DOWN!

Every day in Britain at least 8 children are killed or seriously injured while on foot and bicycle. To overcome these statistics, Brake and Wttl are encouraging schools to get involved in Road Safety Week to help promote road safety awareness.

We are offering schools in the Wiltshire area an opportunity to get involved, by arranging a visit by one of our Instructors. Our Instructor will demonstrate, by use of a theory presentation and the aid of our training truck, the importance of vehicles slowing down, stopping distances and blind spots when driving large goods vehicles.

There is no charge for this service, visits are complimentary and yes, you do get to sit in the truck cab!

Spaces are limited, if you would like more info, please contact Emma on 0845 600 9598 or by email on enquiries@wttl.co.uk.

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Apprenticeship Event

7 Oct 2010

Further to our announcement in the August newsletter about Wttl being awarded an Apprenticeship contract to deliver:
Traffic Office
Driving Goods Vehicles

We will be working with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to promote the benefits of the schemes.

The first event for employers, will be held at Swindon College on Wednesday 20th October between 6pm and 8.30pm.

This will be an ideal opportunity for Logistics Employers to engage with local Apprenticeship providers and for the funding bodies to see that Logistics is a sector worth investment.

For further information on the event please contact us on enquiries@wttl.co.uk

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Eco2 Show

6 Oct 2010

Following the success of exhibiting at the CVO show this year, we have added the Eco2 show to our calendar of exhibitions. This event to be held at Earls Court on the 16th, 17th, 18th November 2010, showcases technologies and training to assist in reducing carbon footprint.

The highlight of the show will be a seminar delivered by our senior SAFED Instructor Rod Walker, on the benefits of the SAFED programme.

For further information or to register for your complimentary tickets please use the link below
Eco2 Transport Show Website

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Wttl achieve the Training Quality Standard

5 Oct 2010

After 12 months of preparation, consultancy, procedure reviews, bid writing and submission, Wttl received a validation visit from Investors in Excellence on the 27th August.

This day of staff interviews and procedure audits passed successfully and our application moved to the final stage, the employer survey. 198 of our trading clients were contacted by the awarding body for feedback, and as a result of your input Wttl were awarded the standard, with one of the highest employer scores received. But don't think that having joined an exclusive group of providers with TQS, we'll be resting on our laurels. We know there are 4 employers out there who didn't feel our service was good enough to recommend, so we still have work to do to improve!

For information on The Training Quality standard visit: www.trainingqualitystandard.co.uk