By now the bulk of candidates who sat their Transport Manager CPC exams in September will have their results, if not their new shiny EU Certificates. That new certificate is their entry into the world of Transport Management.
The Transport Manager is an integral part or the transport business. An expert in their field a Transport Manager is not only answerable to their employees but also the Traffic Commissioner.
"A Transport Manager exercises continuous and effective control over transport activities"
What does that quote mean?
Basically it means you have full responsibility for the transport operation. A Transport Managers basic duties are:
- Ensuring and monitoring that drivers comply with drivers' hours and tachograph rules and within the speed limits
- Arranging for vehicles to be maintained properly, including making sure that vehicles are inspected at the proper intervals and taking corrective action should defects be found
- Monitoring and actioning drivers defect reporting
- Maintaining accurate records (Which must be kept for 15 months)
- Making sure authorised vehicles are kept at the registered operating centre when not in use.
- Keeping the traffic commissioner notified of any prosecution or convictions or either the Operator, Drivers or themselves. (Within 28 days of a court hearing)
If a Transport Manager does not carry out their duties properly, they can be disqualified by the Traffic Commissioner. If as a Transport Manager, you feel you are being forced to operate outside of Operator Licencing rules you should seek advice as soon as possible.
Being a Transport Manager is a rewarding and well respected career. You can expect to earn a salary between £22 & £41,000, the national average is £29,677 (taken from payscale.com Oct '16)
Another important factor in being an effective Transport Manager is staying abreast of changes within the industry. MDR Training offers CPC Refresher courses to Transport Managers in both Road Haulage & Passenger Transport. Undertaking a Refresher is not mandatory, but it is highly advised to protect both your company operator licence and your good repute as a Transport Manager.
If you feel you need a skill update then give MDR Training a call, they will be able to advise you on the best path to getting, and staying qualified - 0116 200 1866