This qualification is offered on behalf of the Department for Transport. You will find it suitable if you wish to enter the profession of road freight or passenger transport management or demonstrate your professional competence to meet the Operator Licensing requirements.
The exam structure is comprised of one 2 hour multiple-choice examination with 60 questions which will need a 70% pass mark and one 2 hour and 25-minute long case study examination with between 6 and 8 questions which will require a 50% pass mark. Both examinations can contain questions from most areas of the syllabus, including international aspects of operations.
The Traffic Commissioners (the issuing authority for operator licences) require professional competence to be proven by at least one member of the management team of operators of most goods vehicles and passenger carrying vehicles. This applies to all businesses which hold a standard operator’s licence. Generally, those who operate nonexempt goods vehicles with a gross plated weight of more than 3,500kgs (including the weight of any trailer) or vehicles that are not plated and have an unladen weight of more than 1,525kgs require both such as a licence and a professionally competent person. Those who operate passenger-carrying vehicles with more than nine passenger seats, and in which the passengers pay to travel, will also require a standard operator licence and a professionally competent person. (There are some exceptions from the requirement to employ a professionally competent person).
Some companies need to operate large vehicles to carry out their business, even where road haulage is not the main trade. Other companies operate passenger-carrying vehicles, such as buses and coaches. These types of companies may employ a huge number of staff. The role of the professional competent person in this type of business will oversee the transport operations. Here, the transport manager will be responsible for ensuring compliance with all the requirements of road transport law but may not complete the work themselves. This may involve overseeing a number of people/employees who carry out appropriate tasks such as managing drivers and drivers’ hours, repairs and regular servicing etc. through a system of procedures and policies which ensure compliance with road transport law.
In a smaller company, or for a sole proprietor operating a transport business with lorries or buses, the role of the professionally competent person may include every task within the business. For example: as well as opening the mail and keeping the accounts, they may have responsibility for ensuring compliance with legislation affecting drivers’ hours and the many other aspects of road transport law, monitoring drivers using an efficient system of procedures, and for ensuring the effective management of vehicle maintenance. Compliance with the law is achieved by fulfilling legal obligations laid down by various regulations. A professionally competent person is expected to understand both the successful management of a business and the specific legal obligations involved in operating large vehicles in all settings.
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