Fleet Source Supports Department for Transport at DVSA training academy

On the 14 and 15th of December a delegation of road safety officials from the people’s republic of China, representing the Professional Qualifications Authority (PQA) and the Ministry of Transport (MoT), visited DVSA’s Training Academy in Cardington. The delegation was in the UK to learn more about driver standards and testing, Driver CPC, the arrangements for driving instruction in the UK and collaboration with the private sector. China’s MoT regulate over 30,000,000 HGV drivers, a very imposing number.

Their visit was jam-packed with sessions delivered in partnership between DVSA, Transport for London (TfL), Fleet Source and People First. Once the delegates had undertaken a tour of the Training Academy, they spent the first day finding out more about DVSA, Driver CPC, the National Standards for Driving and Riding, had a go at the UK theory test and were given an overview of DVSA’s enforcement work and driving examiner training.

Improving the safety of vulnerable road users, both in the UK and abroad, is of great importance to the UK Government and the haulage industry, so the second day included a demonstration from TfL’s principal driver training provider Fleet Source, of the highly regarded Safe Urban Driving course, which focuses on the risks and hazards of driving Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in UK cities. The course equips drivers with the knowledge and skills needed to share the road safely with vulnerable road users, in particular pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Fleet Source Managing Director, Nick Caesari said “It was a great honour to be invited to support this international event and to provide an insight on the key subjects covered in the Safe Urban Driving course for the delegation”.

The visit also allowed both parties to discuss the possibility of further cooperation between China and the UK in the future, with the aim of improving international road safety.

Product Manager for Training Accreditation and Compliance, Liz Heaton, who led the visit commented,
“We crammed a lot in and it was a very productive visit. Our visitors all said how useful and informative it had been and they would apply the techniques they’d learned to make a positive impact on road safety in China. I want to thank everyone involved in their visit, especially TfL and Fleet Source for helping it run so smoothly and for delivering their world class Safe Urban Driving course, which was most interesting for the delegates to observe.”

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