Defeat the fringe
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In the recent very useful articles by Les Oldridge on the registration of driving instructors, the cogent point was made that anyone at present appeared to be able to set up a driving school for heavy goods vehicles without any legal qualifications. Among the, as yet, small band of us concerned with professional hgv training in the RTIT13 groups, the commercial schools such as my own, and the large companies with their own instructors, the minimum standard for instruction is that of the RTITEI Motec hgv instructors' course.
This will ensure that a standard at least as high as that envisaged in the regulations covering the registration of driving instructors is maintained for hgv instructors We also hear that before long registration through a Motec course will be an essential qualification for hgv training.
This is an essential step and we must all, I think, press for the required regulations to be instituted as soon as possible. If not, as Mr Oldridge suggests, we will begin to get "fringe" elements training hgv drivers which would defeat all the good work that has been done so far.
J. COATES, „I. Coates and Co, Glen field, Leics,