Ralph's Fully Revved
Driver CPC training was simply too much for some drivers nearing retirement age. But not Ralph Pattie, a category C+E driver who’s been on the books at Driver Hire Edinburgh for the last 11 years. Ralph, who’s actually a wee bit beyond retirement age (he’s 77), originally acquired his HGV licence in 1954. Sixty years later he went "back to school" and successfully completed his Driver CPC.
“I worked for Scania and started temping when I retired, initially working at Leith Docks” says Ralph. “I joined Driver Hire in 2003 at the age of 65 and have worked nearly every week since then. “Like a lot of other drivers I planned to retire a second time because of CPC. But when it came to it, I just couldn’t give up driving, so I fast tracked through all 35 hours of CPC during June and July 2014.
Ralph started work on Bedford 10-tonners, working for his dad who ran a demolition business. Aged 18 he did his two years National Service and then re-enlisted for a further 10 years. Needless to say, driving was his job, navigating flat-bed Scammell tank transporters around the country. “It’s in my blood and I’d like to go on for as long as I can,” Ralph continues. “Driver CPC was a barrier and I didn’t want to do it. But in the end I quite enjoyed it and there were a few things I didn’t know even after 60 years in the cab!”
“Ralph is our oldest driver,” says Rachael McWilliams, manager at Driver Hire Edinburgh. “He’s brilliant and is happy to work days, nights and backshifts, primarily for a leading high street retailer. He’s extremely loyal and bends over backwards to help us, re-arranging care for his wife and re-scheduling appointments to help us out with emergency calls from customers who need a driver there and then.”
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