transport manager

So, You are a Qualified Transport Manager! .... What Next?

qualified transport manager

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 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

Protecting your Operator Licence

Your operators licence is granted under the provision that the transport business operate their vehicles safely and within the law.

To be granted an operators licence the Traffic Commissioner must be satisfied that the transport business has made proper arrangements concerning the safe operation of their vehicles. Your statement that you will adhere to the following legal undertakings:

•    The rules concerning the general driving and operation of goods vehicles will be observed
•    The specific rules concerning drivers’ hours and records will be observed
•    Vehicles will not be overloaded
•    Vehicles will operate within the speed limits
•    All vehicles and trailers used will be kept in a fit and serviceable condition
•    There will be a system for effective defect reporting and rectification
•    Maintenance records will be kept for at least 15 months
•    The number of vehicles authorised for each operating centre will not be exceeded.

Ensuring the business has correct and effective policies & procedures for maintaining these legal undertakings is a difficult process. The ultimate responsibility lies with the appointed transport manager or competent person and if the company is not found to be operating in a competent manner sever penalties can be imposed, including the revoking of the "O" Licence.

MDR Training (UK) Ltd, offers a range of training options & consultancy services to help your business stay compliant.

Operator Licence Awareness Training - Reaffirms your responsibilities as an "O" Licence holder

CPC Refresher Training - For Transport Managers, this course will update your knowledge in relation to ensuring compliance with all the above areas

Compliance Audits - Our experienced auditor will carry out an independent audit of your systems, policies and procedures to ensure your transport business is being ran in a compliant manner

If you are looking for help & support to protect your operating licence contact us on 0116 200 1866 to discuss your situation.