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Rikki Chequer, the communi - y manager for TruckNet UK, talks advanced training, accidents and free money.

31st July 2008, Page 15
31st July 2008
Page 15
Page 15, 31st July 2008 — Rikki Chequer, the communi - y manager for TruckNet UK, talks advanced training, accidents and free money.
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Training is under discussion again on TruckNet UK. This time, however, it is not the Driver CPC or even HGV licence training, but whether HGV licence holders see any benefit in the advanced driving test.

Some drivers feel that any extra qualification is another string to their bow when applying for a job. Others point out that advanced training leads to reduced insurance and increased awareness on the road.

However, many drivers say that in this profession the best way to learn is through experience and other drivers. Some are quite hostile to being told the best way to drive a truck on the road by a instructor who has never done the job.

The current obsession in this country with training seems to be getting hold of the haulage industry and many inside the trade are questioning its real value.

One driver who witnessed a very nasty accident on the motorway came to the forums to relate what had happened. He was shaken up by the event and doubted whether the occupants of the car involved on the opposite carriageway had survived. He called 999 on his hands-free mobile phone, but since the accident was on the other side of the motorway, and various other vehicles had already stopped to offer assistance, he carried on. Most drivers agreed that to stop would have probably only have added to the chaos around the accident scene, and with no formal first-aid knowledge, there was probably little he could have done.

Fortunately, a little research found out that no one was killed in the crash and that information was passed on to the driver.

Finally, TruckNet UK is giving away some money. We are asking users of the site to spend 10 minutes completing an online survey consisting of about 40 questions relating to their work and internet use. Everyone who completes it and submits their details will be entered into a prize draw, where one user will receive £500, and five others a prize of 250 each. Taking part is easy: the survey is clearly linked to all the main forums on


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