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TruckFest 3rd & 4th July 2010

1 Jun 2010

After four years of ever increasing stand space, this year sees our presence at Shepton Mallett take another step up.

As the premier event for our sector in the South West, Wttl are always keen to take the opportunity to spend time with attendees to discuss training needs or legislative concerns. Last year most of the talk was of the soon to be imposed Driver CPC, this year the figures say our industry is already well behind in uptake of this compulsory training.

In order to help you kick-start your 35 hours we will be providing discounted vouchers redeemable on any of our public courses for anyone visiting us at the show.

For further information or to book tickets online, visit www.truckfest.co.uk

 



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Driver CPC Periodic Training

31 May 2010

We are now well into the first year of Driver CPC Training. Wttl and their training partners have, at the end of April 2010, trained some 1425 drivers; this amounts to 9,975 hours of Driver CPC Periodic training!

This accounts for 2.4% of all Driver CPC Training conducted to date Nationwide.

Wttl conduct various Driver CPC Periodic 1 day (7hrs) Training Courses both at Devizes, Wiltshire and Portreath, Cornwall. Please use the link below to view our Driver CPC Periodic Training schedule at Devizes, Wiltshire. For further information about public courses in Cornwall please call or email for latest dates.



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If it’s good enough for Wincanton!

30 May 2010

Our Chippenham based logistics neighbour might opt for Premiership side Bath, but Wttl’srugby sponsorship stayed closer to home and was awarded to Chippenham RFC Under 14’s to provide shirts for their recent trip to the South Coast International Festival of Rugby.

After two days play against sides from as far a field as Kent and South Wales the team emerged as runners up to the home side Torquay, beaten 15- 10 in a hard fought final game.


Whilst we may be more associated with trucks than rucks, the Chippenham boys will carry the logo around local clubs as they compete next season in the Wilt & Dorset and Bristol Combination Cups.



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Wttl support The Fire Fighters Charity - Ladies Driving Challenge

1 May 2010

On Sunday 25th April 2010 at The Fire Service College, Morton in Marsh, the Fire Fighters Charity organised another fun filled ‘Ladies Driving Challenge’, supported by Wttl and other local companies.

Each Ladies Driving Challenge is unique, but at any given event participants are given the opportunity to drive at least four or five different types of vehicles. Expert tuition is given throughout, ensuring everyone enjoys this exciting day.

The above event which raised in excess of £20,000 was organised to raise funds for the treatment of Fire Service personnel, many of whom receive injuries whilst attending incidents serving us the public.

There are various Ladies Driving Challenges throughout the year, to find an event near you, or for further information about the Fire Fighters Charity visit: http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/ldc



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Green lorry training proposal to cut carbon emissions

15 Apr 2010

Eco driver training for LGV drivers a mandatory part of the EU Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

A new proposal to encourage more lorry drivers to take eco-driver training could save up to 3 million tonnes of CO2 over five years and £300 million in fuel costs, according to Transport Minister Paul Clark.

The plans - which include making eco driver training for LGV drivers a mandatory part of the EU Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) - aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the freight sector.

Paul Clark said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing emissions from across the transport sector. Given that 20% of all transport emissions come from road freight, these drivers must be a priority. With initiatives like this I am confident we will succeed in creating a greener and cleaner industry fit to meet the environmental challenges we face.”

The consultation - which will be open for around 16 weeks - sets out the options which will enable 90% of lorry drivers to receive eco-driver training. Also included are plans to increase promotion of the benefits of eco-driving training to encourage greater take up.

The measures support a commitment by the Department for Transport to save an additional 85 million tonnes of CO2 from domestic transport from 2018-2022.

The consultation also considers the possibility of making the eco-driving training a mandatory part of bus drivers CPC.

The eco-driving consultation document commenced 8 March 2010 and is open until 30 June 2010. It can be accessed on the DfT website at:
http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/open/2010-11/



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Ladies Driving Challenge Part 2

2 Apr 2010

On Sunday 21st March, RAF Portreath The Fire Fighters Charity provided a fun filled day at RAF Portreath, Redruth, to give women the chance to drive a once in a lifetime variety of large and unusual vehicles in the ‘Ladies Driving Challenge’. Participants were invited to try their hand at manoeuvring a range of different vehicles including Fire Engines, Police Cars, Ambulances, JCBs, Articulated Lorries, Buses, Coaches and possibly even a Tank, all kindly donated by local organisations.

Pictured are 2 of the participants from The Fire Fighters Charity Ladies Driving Challenge - RAF Portreath.

For more information on upcoming Ladies Driving Challenges please contact us on 0845 600 9598 or via email at enquiries@wttl.co.uk