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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:

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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

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Ladies Driving Challenge Part 1

1 Apr 2010

On Saturday 20th March, RAF Colerne was taken over by around 160 ladies participating in the Marie Curie Ladies Driving Challenge. The event, which ran from 10am to 5pm, challenged the ladies to put their heels behind the wheels of some impressive vehicles. There were seven zoned areas, each dedicated to a different form of transport. From tractors to Motorbikes and Police Cars to LGVs, we had an adventurous off-road 4x4 driving course and even an area which tested the entrants driving skills… blindfolded!

Pictured is Wttl Instructor Gary Barnes (Barney) with 2 of the participants from the Marie Curie Cancer Care Ladies Driving Challenge - RAF Colerne.

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

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Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?

10 Mar 2010

With over 150 hours of JAUPT accredited training materialsyou may feel Wttl has enough courses to satisfy any employer’s 35 hour needs, but no, our Course Development department are still working with clients to build modules that add benefit within the DCPC requirements.

The latest approved modules include:

  • Driver Operated MHE - A 7-hour module for drivers using Lift trucks, Moffat or Lorry Mounted Cranes.
  • Tanker Awareness – A 7-hour module for tanker drivers, which can be delivered within the existing ADR syllabus.

Currently awaiting approval:

  • Practical Risk Assessment – A 7-hour module for drivers, outlining how to recognise, assess and manage the H&S risks they face each day.
  • First Aid – A 7- hour module on the basics of first aid that will give drivers some of the skills to practically assist at the roadside, or at home.

If you feel you have a training need that could become a DCPC module please contact us either by phone or email enquiries@wttl.co.uk

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Young Drivers

9 Mar 2010

With the introduction of the new EU Driver CPC legislation, it is now possible for a person of 18 to
acquire their Category C (followed by C+E) licence. We have had a number of enquiries since
September 2009, and are now able to offer funded training* for these young drivers to help towards
training costs, via Apprenticeships and Train to Gain.

* To be eligible for the funding, the
candidate must be employed in the haulage industry.