Monday, November 11, 2019

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UK – Earlier this year the National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI) launched the first nationally recognised LGV Assessor qualification, acknowledging skill and providing new professional development opportunities. Let us however be clear on one point which even those in the road haulage industry often get wrong.

No longer does the term LGV refer to Light Goods Vehicles. That changed in 1992 when Britain adopted European legislation and the initialism altered to mean Large Goods Vehicle and also classes of licence radically changed. This meant that the vehicles referred to went from the ubiquitous van to generally refer to any rigid vehicle up to 32 tonnes gross weight (Licence Class LGV C).

The new qualification, which has been rolled out since May 2019, enables successful candidates to join the NRI’s LGV Assessor Register for 5 years. On qualifying, they are issued with an LGV Assessor ID card and added to the online register at the NRI website. So far, more than 20 people have joined the new NRI LGV Assessor register, and the NRI says it is seeing a continually high level of enquiries regarding the new Assessor examination.

An LGV Assessor is typically responsible for conducting LGV driver assessments and monitoring driver performance. Assessments can be conducted for numerous reasons, such as following an incident, an extended period of leave or evaluating driver skills prior to offering employment. Assessors cannot conduct driver training or examinations and are often former, or current, LGV drivers on route to becoming an LGV Instructor.

On joining the register, Assessors have access to free technical advice, exclusive professional development opportunities and discounts on selected products and services from NRI partner organisations. The qualification also enables Assessors to prove to employers that they have been independently examined, achieved the required levels of skill and knowledge and are committed to upholding high quality LGV driver assessment standards.

The addition of the new register means that two types of NRI membership are currently available, Assessor and Instructor, with a third category expected to be launched later in 2019. The DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency), which endorses the NRI and has helped guide its development since launching in 2017, has welcomed the expansion of the examination process and register. Mark Winn, DVSA’s Chief Driving Examiner, explains:

“DVSA shares the NRI’s mission to promote higher standards of LGV instruction, assessment and mentoring. DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving. By providing the haulage industry with a workforce of independently examined and registered driver instructors, NRI will help increase the competence of professional lorry drivers. The higher the standard of LGV instruction, assessment and mentoring, the better drivers will be and the safer our roads will be.”

The NRI is operated by RTITB, the preferred regulatory body for workplace transport training, on a not-for-profit basis and is supported by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA). It is regularly audited by a governance committee to reassure members of quality, standards and neutrality. The committee includes representatives of both large and small logistics, transport and training organisations alongside trade associations.

The NRI Instructor register currently has 560 members and remains the only DVSA endorsed register led by the industry, for the industry, and Manager Dave Cox commented:

“Before now, there was no formal recognition for the important role of LGV Assessor. Although this is something brand new to the industry, it has already received a warm welcome as businesses want to ensure that those responsible for assessing LGV drivers are independently and professionally qualified.”

SP Training trained one of the first assessors to be examined and qualify for their NRI Assessor card, Dave Stones of Yodel, and Tony Higgins, Managing Director for the Carlisle based training company observed:

“It’s important that there is consistency across assessment and marking, and providing standardisation that is transferrable across the industry will improve efficiency. One of SP Training’s key objectives is to help companies meet consistent safety standards so we welcome the Assessor qualification and the benefits it will bring to both individual operators and the industry as a whole.”

Employers can find details of NRI registered Instructors and Assessors, and more information HERE. To apply to take the new Assessor qualification, or to find out more about joining the NRI Instructor register, call Dave Cox on 01952 520210 or email LGVinstructorregister@rtitb.co.uk.

Photo: Dave Stones of Yodel is one of the first to qualify under the new programme.