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Driver training "inconsistent" across UK and Europe

By: Deborah Bates
24 March 2011

Driving standards should be harmonised across Europe, experts have claimed, but not everyone is in agreement.

According to industry expert, James Tillyer, the ambition of standardising driver training throughout Europe is a "laudable" one, but might not be as easy as once thought.

Writing for IFW-net.com, Tillyer claimed that since the introduction of the driver CPC training for all hauliers in Europe, the way in which the training has been delivered differs by location.

He argued: "This flexible interpretation of the directive has led to a lack of consistency, which may undermine its efficiency. For example, while some national authorities...have approved only eight courses, others that have a more relaxed system, like the UK, have given approval to more than 1,000."

The expert said this could ultimately have a "knock-on effect" for Britain, as companies that recruit drivers trained in other parts of Europe may have to provide refresher courses. However some may argue this could be no bad thing, as many drivers could probably benefit from regular refresher training anyway.

Tillyer also said that despite the costs and onerous nature of truly imposing standardised training, it would be worthwhile: "Because trade doesn't stop at borders, it makes utter sense to ensure that international drivers are operating to the same exacting standards across Europe."

His comments came shortly after fellow industry specialists, Mike Oliver, told Road Transport how the ongoing management of driver training systems and procedures was crucial for hauliers in any location; particularly in terms of CPC training.

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