Managing the road risk of van fleets – should van drivers take driver CPC training?
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training should be extended to van drivers as part of wider efforts to improve the safety of van fleets and bring them in line with the rest of the freight and passenger transport sector, says the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) in its latest report on managing the road risk of van fleets.
The ETSC argues that CPC training is needed for van drivers because many workers – including postal workers, technicians, engineers and movers – drive vans every day in their jobs and spend up to half of their working time on the road, although driving is not their main occupational activity.
The report also calls on the EU to:
- extend the Working Time Directive to van drivers
- introduce speed management technologies to vans
- extend the mandatory use of speed limiters, as applied to buses and HGVs, to vans.
It also recommends that individual EU contries introduce a graduated driver licence for young workers.
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Article with thanks to The RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal