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The Importance of Standardised LGV Instructor Training

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If you’ve got a job in haulage work, presumably you know a thing or two about driving large goods vehicles (LGVs). The question is: do you know the credentials of the person that taught you how to drive them? While many organisations offer LGV instructor training and testing, there is no formal qualification required to be deemed an instructor – all you need is an LGV licence.

Many in the industry are now arguing that training needs to be standardised so that every employee is taught the same rules and regulations about driving large goods vehicles. LGV drivers may have the general knowledge, but do they have the necessary communication skills, patience and leadership skills required to teach others? Maybe not…
The Benefits of a Standardised Learning Programme

Anyone who does haulage work has a range of valuable skills, but teaching isn’t always one of them. A standardised programme (and required qualification) would ensure nothing about proper handling of LGVs would be forgotten, providing a safe working environment for all those involved. What could be better?

Official and more formal approaches to learning such as this almost always have huge success in the long run, so UK logistics companies are being strongly encouraged to promote the idea.

Invest to Avoid Bad Habits

Nobody wants to pass on a bad habit, especially when it comes to large goods vehicles and haulage work in general. While it might seem familiar and everyday to you, the reality is that driving can be challenging and dangerous, and if done carelessly it can even cost lives. The implementation of proper training means that bad driving habits could be avoided across the board, making the roads a safer place for both industry employees and the general public.

Professionalism Equals High Spirits

Making sure haulage workers have formally training to earn a recognised qualification can also make a surprising difference to the professional atmosphere of a company. A sense of pride can be created through doing this, and perhaps eventually, a stronger work ethic, higher spirits and more overall productivity. There really are no negatives.

What Makes a Good Teacher?

If you’re thinking about looking for a training provider to get all your LGV drivers on the same page, you’ll need to consider a number of factors before making your decision.

Firstly, a good training provider should be able to offer a suitable learning environment and facilities. They should also demonstrate professionalism, dedication and, of course, plenty of experience within the industry. All this, alongside a well thought-out programme of learning is sure to help your fleet gain the required knowledge efficiently and successfully.

Haulage work can be a tricky business, especially if you don’t have a consistent learning strategy. Avoid passing on bad habits and increase general morale by investing in a professional instructor. Your whole fleet, your customers and even the general public will benefit from an increased quality of training.
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About author: Desiree Michels

Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage work with available drivers, and is now the fastest growing Freight Exchange in the UK.

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