Westend School of Motoring joins Master Driver CPC Consortium

RTITB is proud to announce Westend School of Motoring has joined the Master Driver CPC Consortium, the UK’s largest Driver CPC Consortium. As a member of RTITB’s Master Driver CPC Consortium, Westend School of Motoring will now be providing Periodic Training to professional goods drivers and passenger carrying vehicle drivers in and around the local area. Since 2008 professional heavy goods vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle drivers have been required to undertake regular professional development training as part of a series of measures introduced across Europe to improve safety on all member states’ roads. As members of the Master Driver
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New Drivers Could Face Second Driving Test After Two Years

As part of a series of restrictions being considered by the Government, new drivers could face a new driving test two years after qualifying. The Government is exploring a potential Graduated Driving Licence, which would see new drivers under the age of 24 facing serious restrictions. For two years after passing the driving test, they would: • Not be able to drive after dark or drive cars with larger engines • Not be able to drink alcohol before driving because of a lowered drink drive limit • Have to take another test at the end of the two-year probation period. The
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RIDDOR REPORTING OF WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS

RIDDOR REPORTING OF WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS The Health and Safety Executive are reminding everyone concerned that a RIDDOR report must be submitted for certain types of workplace accidents. RIDDOR puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences. The types of reportable injuries are listed below. Deaths and injuries If someone has died or has been injured because of a work-related accident this may have to be reported. Not all accidents need to be reported, other than for certain gas incidents, a RIDDOR report is required
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Fact sheets on owning and operating fork lift trucks

As the UK’s largest and most authoritative organisation in the fork lift truck industry, the FLTA receives many requests for information and advice. To make that service even more accessible, the Association has created this library of Fact Sheets which address many of the most important and frequently asked questions, including: “How long does a fork lift licence last?” “How old do I need to be to operate a fork lift?” “What is Thorough Examination?” …and many more. If you have a question that is not covered here, please email us on nanette@fork-truck.org.uk and we will try to provide you
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How To Tell If Your Forklift Is Worn Out

Your business relies on the safe and reliable operation of your forklifts, so it essential that regular inspections are carried out to ensure they are not too worn out.  A forklift which is regularly maintained will last a long time, but, eventually, all machines reach a point when they need to be replaced.  This article will help you both spot the signs of wear and advise you how to prolong your machines life. The forks.  The actual forks of the machine should be measured regularly to ensure that wear does not exceed 10% of the nominal thickness.  A 10% wear to
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Emissions fraud: over 100 operators under investigation

More than 100 lorry operators caught deliberately damaging air quality Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners found 293 lorries fitted with emissions cheat devices at roadside checks between August and November 2017. Published 12 January 2018 From: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain In August 2017, DVSA started to include checks for emissions cheat devices in roadside checks of lorries at 5 locations across Great Britain. By the end of November 2017, DVSA examiners had searched 3,735 lorries at these locations and found 293 lorries with a cheat device fitted. The drivers and operators were
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Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018. Published 12 August 2017 From: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme. How the change will work The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales. Learner drivers will need to
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Prep your forklifts, winter is coming!

The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder: it’s clear that winter is right around the corner. This also affects the working conditions and the equipment used inside and especially outside of your warehouse. But how can you continue your operations safely? We have gathered some tips & tricks that will get you and your forklifts and drivers through this winter. Safety first When working outside of your warehouse, check the weather to avoid any unpleasant surprises and prepare accordingly. Is it freezing? Has it snowed overnight? Just in case, when driving a forklift, be careful and
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Shock rise in farm deaths recorded in February

A sudden and surprising increase in the number of farm fatalities in February has prompted farm leaders to call for increased vigilance in and around farmyards. Latest figures there were 10 deaths on farms in the UK in that single month – including one child. That compares with a more “normal” average of about three deaths a month – based on a five-year annual average of 37 fatalities. Last year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported 29 fatalities in total, which was a welcome downturn. See also: 2015-16 sees fewer farm deaths In one recent case, a farmer and his dog
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THOROUGH EXAMINATIONS – Mandatory Checks for Forklifts

What is a Thorough Examination? Thorough Examination for fork lift trucks is roughly equivalent to the MOT for cars – a mandatory check to ensure that the mechanical parts of your fork lift are in safe working order. It is not the same as regular maintenance – so you need one whether or not you’ve just had the truck serviced. Here is how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines Thorough Examination: “Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998, which deals with all other safety-related
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