Thursday, June 10, 2010

UK Drivers Training And Awareness Day Set For July

Annual Professional Drivers Association Event For Cambridgeshire
Shipping News Feature

UK - Once again, the Professional Drivers Association (PDA)will be holding their annual Training & Awareness day from 10 am on Saturday July 31st. Would be truckers will get the opportunity to practice reversing in an artic, to try a variation of auto, semi auto and manual gearboxes, to drive Scania, Volvo and Mercedes lorries within the confines of the premises of Brett’s Transport Ltd at Guyhirn near Wisbech.

It will be a trip down memory lane for many with roping and sheeting going on, and tuition on how to do all the old knots, with many tips and tricks available and visitors can practise hooking up & dropping off trailers and find how to open and close a wide variation of taut liners. There will be ‘old hands’ available to answer any questions however trivial they may seem.

This year, in view of the You Tube clip of the lorry shunting a car along the motorway, the PDA have also decided to open this up to any adult who would like to ‘sit’ in a lorry to experience the blind spots and the danger areas. You may even be allowed to drive it and even a vintage Bedford will be available for those who fancy trying a crash gearbox at the end of the afternoon!

This event is in support of the Professional Drivers Foundation and although there is no charge whatsoever, a donation to the PDF would be appreciated. Visitors will be required to bring High Viz jackets, safety boots and gloves and no children are allowed on site. Booking is essential by e mail ( pat.nicholson@tiscali.co.uk ) and there may also be an opportunity to book a 7hr CPC course on Saturday 14th August when Fenland Training will be donating their services free of charge to the Professional Drivers Foundation Charity, courses can only be booked at the event.Spaces are limited and will be subject to a minimum donation of £30 to the PDF.

Advice will be available on tachograph & WTD regulations on the day from Novadata who will have a Stoneridge and a Siemens Digital Tacho training units for visitors to practice on.