This is a very specialist and unique service offered within Transolva Ltd and calls on the knowledge of its staff and especially the Owner and Managing Director who has attained both National and International (CPC’s), Certificate of Professional Competence in Road Transport Operations. More recently he has taken his National / International refresher as is now required when acting as a transport manager either internal or external.
The service allows this part of the company operating as TransTech to offer advice and assistance to both large and small company’s alike.
To ensure they are equipped with the latest information, regulations and rules means it is essential to have regular correspondence from DVSA and other industry professionals or regulatory bodies. The DVSA (VOSA), in particular, produce a great deal of ‘free to download and review’ information which is essential to be aware of, have available and find time to read and review. However, to have access to the latest information it is suggested that all companies operating vehicles in excess of 3.5 tonnes GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight), and thereby require an Operator’s Licence, subscribe to a number of monthly and / or weekly e-mailed newsletters, more especially from Cambell Associates, The DVSA, The H S E, Road Transport Media and the SMMT to name but a few. Check out the Downloads tab on this website to review the links to publications and websites we recommend and the TransTalk section to be able to view our newsletters and newsfeeds; both of which are regularly reviewed and updated.
Part of this service is to offer advice and assistance to Transport Companies who, because of their operation are permitted to operate with Restricted ‘O’ Licences. As these particular operations mean they are not required to have a regular Transport Manager but it’s essential they have a ‘responsible person’ for their ‘O’ Licence and thereby ensure they operate within the rules and regulations enforced by DVSA (VOSA), and upheld by the Traffic Commissioners. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the directors or heads of the company which I am sure many of them do not take seriously.
In addition, a new service available through TransTech, is a review of their operation which we refer to as a ‘health check’ of a company’s transport systems. Actually named as a Transport Company Compliance Audit, it requires a visit to a company’s premises to carry-out a check of their operation and their systems. Once the report has been formally compiled, it will be sent to the company along with the recommendations and a time scale which would have been agreed at the time of the audit.
A few of the issues that come up regularly are:
Differing names between what’s stated on Companies House and on an Operator’s Licence;
Not having service contracts in place with the companies carrying out servicing and maintenance;
Not having a wall chart or system in place to show at 6 months planned maintenance inspections; *
Not carrying out driver licence checks at least every 6 months;
Not having a planned driver CPC programme in place or records of training already carried out, etc. etc.
* This includes brake testing, MoT’s, Road Tax reminders and tachograph calibrations.
To view a sample of the reports available, please select from the below examples:
Click here to view an example blank report.