The Changes that were originally due to be introduced in January have been delayed and are expected within the next couple of months.
The changes will:
- remove the need for 8-forward gear ratios for large test vehicles (category C)
- allow people who take a lorry or bus test (category C and D) in an automatic vehicle to get a manual entitlement for those vehicles, if they already have a manual entitlement for cars, lorries or buses, with or without trailers (category B, B+E, C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1+E)
If you’re an existing driver with an automatic lorry or bus licence you’ll also be able to get this manual entitlement when you exchange or upgrade your licence if you already have a manual entitlement in the above categories.
We would like to wish all our Trainees old & New a very Merry Christmas & A Prosperous 2014.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will replace the DSA and VOSA.
The new rules on bringing laden vehicles for driving tests in some categories will now start on 15 November 2013.
You must bring laden vehicles for driving tests in these categories from 15 November 2013:
- B+E – car and trailer
- C1+E – medium sized goods vehicle and trailer
- C+E – large lorry and trailer
- D1+E – minibus and trailer
- D+E – bus or coach and trailer
You can train in laden vehicles and bring them for test before this date if you wish.
The rules are being introduced in the interests of road safety to more accurately assess the driving of heavier, laden vehicles – which drivers will be in charge of once they pass.
Changes to the load for small trailers
To give more flexibility the load rules for small trailers in categories B+E, C1+E, D1+E and D+E have been changed so that you can use a wider range of materials.
You’ll be able to use either of these:
- 600kgs of aggregates like sand, stone chippings, gravel or any other recycled material packaged in sealed transparent bags – all bags must weigh the same and be at least 10kgs, and the weight must be clearly stamped on them by the retailer – you must not use toxic materials
- one intermediate bulk container made of moulded plastic or steel of 1,000kg or 600kg capacity when filled with water
There’s no change to the published loads for categories C and C+E. They are still 5 or 8 intermediate bulk containers made of moulded plastic or steel of 1,000kg capacity when filled with water.
It is with deep sadness and regret that I inform you On Friday 2 August 2013, peacefully at Peterborough City Hospital, our trustworthy, loyal and committed training manager Bryan Hillier sadly passed away after suffering a stroke on the morning of Wednesday 31 July 2013.
To say we will miss Bryan is an understatement But our thoughts and prayers at this time are with his wife and family.
Their will be a funeral service at Peterborough Crematorium on Monday 12 August at 11:30 all are welcome.
Bryan’s wife has expressed her wishes for family flowers only but a donation can be made to the stroke association either at the crematorium or via the funeral director M J Claypole 37 Main Street Yaxley Peterborough PE7 3LZ.
We appreciate your support at this difficult time.
Following on from the News regarding the introduction of Part Loaded Training for vehicles presented for test from 30 September 2013, We expect to see an increase in Course costs by most providers to reflect the additional wear & tear and increased Fuel consumption. Please call us on 01733 385221 to get our best prices.
Daily Walk Round Checks
Don’t get caught out. Last year VOSA issued 3241 prohibitions for loose wheel nuts; all of which can be easily identified prior to a journey by correctly carrying out your Daily Walk Round Checks!
We are now able to help trainees who require this category having already completed their Driver CPC Module 2 exam.
The Driving Standards Agency has now confirmed that loaded Driver training vehicles will be used for all practical driving tests from 30 September 2013 for the following classes: LGV C, LGV C+E, LGV C1+E, B+E. Further information on this will be made available once the specific details have been confirmed.
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has announced that it has suspended the strike action planned for Friday 15 February 2013, so all Driving tests should now go ahead as planned.