The Traffic Commissioners have confirmed that, due to the challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prevent the delivery of classroom-based training, virtual training courses can be used to allow operators, transport managers and others working within transport operations to keep themselves up to date.
Current technology, such as video conferencing, means the experience of remote training can be close enough to classroom-based training. The Traffic Commissioners have therefore confirmed that virtual training courses can be used as a temporary replacement to classroom-based training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operators and transport managers would be wise to consider training where there are ongoing investigations by DVSA and/or proceedings by the Traffic Commissioners – particularly where any shortcomings identified have highlighted a knowledge gap or a failure to keep up to date.
The Traffic Commissioners will also accept virtual training as meeting Operator’s Licence undertakings related to training where that training meets the following criteria (which are designed to ensure that the training is as close to classroom-based training as possible):
A number of service providers have already demonstrated that their remote training packages satisfy the criteria.
Virtual training courses are also available for Driver CPC.
Backhouse Jones have also adapted to the current pandemic and have developed a range of bespoke, sector specific eTraining packages.
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