Friday, 6 November 2015

DVSA suspends training of delegated examiners . . .


DVSA suspends training of delegated examiners

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The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has suspended training on its delegated examiner scheme, which allows haulage, bus and emergency service operators to apply for their own staff to provide theory and practical heavy vehicle driving tests for their employees.

The agency has reportedly written to delegated examiner candidates booked in for training this financial year, to tell them that their courses have been cancelled.

Reporting the news, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said the move made sense in the short-term, since DVSA: “has indicated that the most efficient way of maximising the number of tests being delivered is to allow it to train more of its own examiners instead.”

FTA had previously expressed concern as to whether DVSA’s capacity to deliver vocational tests could constrain response to the driver shortage.

James Firth, the association’s head of licensing policy and compliance information, said: “While industry wants a move towards the greater flexibility of private operators having staff accredited to examine the tests, DVSA figures show that even the most efficient delegated examiners are delivering fewer than 200 tests each year, while DVSA’s own examiners are doing around 800.

“With the constraints on DVSA’s resources to train examiners, this move makes sense at the moment.”

However, the long-term strategy for licence acquisition must have “delegated examiners at its heart,” FTA said.

Firth continued: “The delegated examiner process must be reformed by the time this temporary measure is lifted, allowing delegated examiners to examine tests of drivers from different companies. This will allow the flexibility for delegated examiners to reach the efficiency levels of DVSA examiners.”

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