The qualification required to take on a role of a Transport Manager and to be accepted by the Traffic Commissioner in this position must meet the requirements of EU directive 98/76/EC for admission to the occupation of Passenger Transport Operator, and passes the requirements of Professional Competence.
Having this qualification is something that I hold a very high regard for. Working as part of an all round team and building confidence helps in bringing success into any company to maintain high standards and compliance to meet the required levels to keep your Operators Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) in the green. With a score in Amber there could be reasons out of your hands that could affect this. Don’t panic! The reasons for this may be surprising but together, we can work together to improve your score. If your OCRS score is red, then all is not lost. Give me a call and I can come in and audit for you and get you back on the straight and narrow.
Being professional in my approach to both my industry and the general public is paramount to building strong working relationships with my clients.
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The Transport Manager declaration of requirements to uphold include but are not limited to the following areas…
Drivers administration – including the checking of drivers’ licences and driver CPC qualifications (DQC), ensuring that the retention of drivers hours records (no less than 12 months) and working time records (no less than 24 months) and both are made available upon request; Drivers management – ensuring compliance with the driving hours rules (EU or Domestic Hours rules); that drivers record their duty, driving time and rest breaks; to download and store digital tachograph unit data (at least every 90 days) and from the drivers’ smart cards (at least every 28 days); ensuring that the following records are retained – drivers’ hours, Working Time Directive (WTD), and that they are available to be produced during the relevant period; ensuring that drivers are adequately trained and competent to operate relevant vehicles and equipment. Drivers operations – ensuring drivers are completing and returning their driver defect reporting sheets and that defects are recorded correctly and cross checked, and that drivers and mobile workers take adequate breaks and appropriate periods of daily and weekly rest; Vehicle administration – including ensuring that vehicle maintenance records are retained for a period of no less than 15 months, ensuring that vehicles are specified as required and that operator licence discs are current and displayed correctly; ensuring safe loading with appropriate indicators fitted, that tachograph calibrations are up to date and displayed, that there are up to date insurance certificates; a suitable maintenance planner is complete and displayed with preventative maintenance inspection dates at least 6 months in advance, to include the Annual Test and other testing or calibration dates; Vehicle management – ensuring that vehicles and trailers are kept in a fit and roadworthy condition, that defects are either recorded and repaired promptly and where not roadworthy are taken out of service; to make vehicles and towed equipment for safety inspections, service, repair and statutory testing available at the appropriate times and within the notified O-licence maintenance intervals; to liaise with maintenance contractors, manufacturers, hire companies as might be appropriate. Ensuring that vehicles and trailers are parked at the nominated operating centre(s) when not in use. Licence administration – ensuring that the traffic commissioner is made aware of any relevant matters within 28 days including convictions and prosecutions of the transport manager(s) or drivers and also of their own resignation should they leave the employment of the operator.