21 September 2017
TruckSmart, a new training course for HGV drivers, has been launched today, following its development by WYG and consortium partners. The course includes guidance for managers and training for drivers and is supported by an elearning module. It is available through the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) website.
Developed with Walkgrove, AtoH Solutions, Humbug Communications and Diva, TruckSmart is the latest in a series of courses for FORS which is engaging and supporting the industry to raise road safety standards.
As with other FORS Professional training, the TruckSmart toolkit is provided to FORS members and funded courses will be offered nationally. The approach outlined in the toolkit can be used by all staff involved in operating, servicing, maintaining and driving HGVs. The TruckSmart toolkit contains tools, resources and materials for internal communications to help managers adopt industry best practice, and implement an HGV safety system within their organisation.
TruckSmart CPC driver training focuses on all the skills needed to achieve full compliance with regulations and keep vehicles safe and roadworthy at all times. The classroom training is a seven-hour course suitable for all commercial HGV drivers, which is Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) accredited.
The TruckSmart eLearning module is designed to complement the broader toolkit and classroom training. It acts as a means of both refreshing and testing key information taught in the face-to-face training, and aligns fully to the toolkit messages. It also can be used as an optional extra training resource. The module is designed specifically for HGV drivers and it can also be used by fleet managers.
Dr Sarah Wixey, Associate Director at WYG, commented: “TruckSmart is essential training for all HGV commercial drivers, regardless of their area of operation. It focuses on the importance of driving roadworthy HGVs and the essential role of the driver in ensuring that vehicles and loads are always safe and legal.”
Glen Davies, Transport & Logistics Specialist at AtoH, said: "TruckSmart is yet another must- have driver training package and management toolkit developed for FORS Professional. It is creatively designed with thought-provoking information, guidance and practical tools to help ensure HGVs and their loads are operated well within the law and as safe as they can possibly be."
Sarah Smith, MD of Walkgrove said: “Walkgrove was delighted to create another immersive e-learning experience for FORS Professional, using bespoke 3D graphics and high-end interactions to bring the learning to life and deliver the learning outcomes identified via sector consultation.”
Amy Boyle, Director of Strategy at Diva, said: “Our work on TruckSmart saw us use our video and design expertise to provide engaging, informative training resources. We continue to produce films and training resources in the transport, logistics and road safety sectors and it is always great to see these projects launch and make a difference in the real world.”