VTA on driver train­ing, li­cens­ing short­falls

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An­der­son spruiks bene ts of VTA’s train­ing and in­struc­tion pro­gram

EX­IST­ING AUS­TRALIAN HEAVY ve­hi­cle driver li­cence and train­ing re­quire­ments are not of high stan­dard, Vic­to­rian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ( VTA) CEO Peter An­der­son says.

Speak­ing at the 2017 Tech­ni­cal and Main­te­nance Con­fer­ence ( TMC) in Mel­bourne last month, An­der­son out­lined how heavy ve­hi­cle driver li­cense train­ing re­quire­ments are out of step with re­quire­ments for drivers of other modes of trans­port.

“Re­gret­tably, the in­dus­try does not have a good record in train­ing drivers, par­tially be­cause there is very lit­tle fund­ing sup­port for it,” An­der­son says.

“In fact, there is very lit­tle train­ing for drivers at all ex­cept for on-the­job ex­pe­ri­ence.

“For ex­am­ple, we have an is­sue with the li­cenc­ing of heavy ve­hi­cle drivers.

“Did you know that it takes 120 hours of in­struc­tion be­fore you can sit for a car li­cence, 20 hours be­fore you can sit a mo­tor­cy­cle li­cence, and even 20 hours of in­struc­tion be­fore you can be tested to fly a plane solo?

“How­ever, there are no pre- set hours of on-road in­struc­tion be­fore you can sit for a heavy ve­hi­cle li­cence test.

“What it does take is just fi ve hours of on- site train­ing, the abil­ity to re­verse the ve­hi­cle 50 me­tres in a straight line, and $1000 dol­lars. And you do not even have to be able to read English.”

An­der­son re­in­forces the im­por­tance of driver train­ing to help op­er­a­tors im­prove safety stan­dards and boost pro­duc­tiv­ity by keep­ing down­time to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum. He calls for a li­cens­ing model based on VTA’s ex­ist­ing hands- on train­ing and in­struc­tion pro­gram.

“With the sup­port of the Andrews Govern­ment, the VTA has been bring­ing new drivers into the in­dus­try that have spent eight days on the road un­der in­struc­tion,” An­der­son says.

“Th­ese drivers have de­vel­oped skills in ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics, road craft and at­ti­tude be­fore they step out onto the road in a driver’s job. They are pro­vided with 66 hours be­hind the wheel, un­der in­struc­tion be­fore be­ing able to take the li­cence test.”

An­der­son says the VTA pro­gram will assist in re­set­ting the ex­pec­ta­tions of the trans­port in­dus­try about how a heavy ve­hi­cle driver is trained and, over time, im­prove pro­fes­sion­al­ism within the in­dus­try.

Peter An­der­son

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