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A successful conference

07 February 2014

The Gatwick office celebrated a successful Driver Hire Winter Conference in Yorkshire.

On the 17th of January more than 130 Driver Hire franchisees, consultants and head office staffed convened on The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate for their annual event. There were network updates on the market, CPC training, eServices including the new Online Licence Checking Product and Driver Hire’s 30th Birthday Plans.

Driver Hire or as it was referred to ‘Drivers or Driving Hire’ by the entertaining facilitator are well on their way to recording their best ever trading year. Major growth in the network contributed to 4 consecutive all time record weeks in December. As well as the temporary market booming with plenty of exciting opportunities for the professional driver, CPC training is also growing at a exciting rate. Driver Hire Training is regarded in the top 10 training providers in the UK.

Nic and I were over the moon to receive the Driver Hire Training award for 2013. The award was decided due to many notable achievements and client wins over the past year. James, who was holding the fort for the day was just as excited to hear as he travelled up for the evening dinner dance.

The highlight of the day was a presentation from Kevin Rooney, the traffic commissioner for the North East. Kevin was appreciative of the work Driver Hire do for the transport industry and impressed by the thorough compliance we ad hear too. Kevin told us that he was an independent party, separate from VOSA, DVLA and the DSA but had the power to suspend or even revoke any licences. Kevin showed us some of the cases he has been in charge of, he highlighted the importance of driver walk around checks and that the driver would be held responsible for any un road worthy vehicles. Kevin spoke at length regarding CPC training. He told us he had already suspended a number of Operators licences of companies who could not prove they had made or planned to make a start with their periodic training. Kevin insisted CPC training will not be going away and his and his colleagues will ensure unqualified drivers and operators come September will be dealt with, with a firm hand.

The conference was very informative and successful for the Gatwick office who celebrated in Harrogate that evening. The team are now back in the office in full swing with lots of new exciting opportunities for professional drivers and 6-8 CPC courses running every month.

If you are looking for work or need to complete your CPC training please give James, Nic or myself a call on 01293 934555 and we would be happy to help you.

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