Operator Licence Awareness Training (OLAT)

Operator Licence Awareness Training (OLAT)

The Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995 was designed to implement EC Directives 96/26EC and subordinate legislation with regard to the occupation of road haulage and passenger operations. The regulations state that an operator who seeks a standard National or International Licence MUST satisfy the Licensing Authority that he/she is either professionally competent or employs someone as a transport manager who is professionally competent and is of good repute. This course has been designed to raise awareness of the Transport Managers’ responsibilities with regard to the demanding requirements of road transport legislation and to help protect your operator’s licence and maintain a healthy Operator Compliance Risk Score.

Operator Licence Compliance

Covering the ongoing management of an Operator licence to assist in:

  • Having a better understanding of the principles underpinning the O Licence System
  • Having a clear understanding of the level of commitment and activity needed to create effective management control systems
  • Being able to clarify requirements to other staff, either superiors or reportees.
  • Being in a position to contribute cost effective, practical solutions regarding compliance in this area
  • Understanding how the OCRS system works and how can have a positive effect on this score
  • Knowing where to go for follow-up advice and guidance
  • Understanding their role in and other colleagues’ role in managing the O Licence
  • Being up-to-date with the latest changes in legislation
Drivers Hours Compliance

Drivers’ hours law including: permitted driving limits; driving breaks rules; daily and weekly rest requirements. Working Time Directive and Road Transport Directive. We give an overview of the directives: who they affect, what activities constitute working time and how breaks need to be taken.

Tachograph Rules (Analogue & Digital) and Record Keeping for Drivers
Companies will need to be familiar with both traditional analogue and digital systems and how to integrate them to avoid falling foul of the regulations. Topics covered include:

  • Analogue Tachographs: trace identification; centre-field requirements; hand written entries
  • Digital tachograph: makes of digital tachograph; Drivers/Company Workshop and Control Cards; operational modes; manual entries; UTC Time; logging on and off; pictograms; using and understanding printouts
  • Mixed Tachograph Work
  • Exemptions – which operations are exempt from tachograph regulations, including Domestic Rules
  • Systems for filing and storage of charts
  • Analogue chart retention
  • Understanding tachograph analysis (if applicable)
Driver Licensing

Advising managers on best practice regarding the frequency of these checks and when to notify the Traffic Commissioner of any infringements committed by vocational licence holders.

Driver Management

Advising managers on best practice regarding driver disciplinary issues.

Maintenance and Traffic Regulations

Offering Transport Managers advice regarding best practice in devising: a daily defect reporting system; maintenance schedules; the recording and monitoring of vehicle inspections and scheduling tachograph calibrations inspections.

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