CPC & Professsional Driver Training

Driver CPC

  • As part of Driver CPC, penalties apply as according to Irish law.
  • Failing to produce a certificate of Driver CPC can be a €2,000.00 fine
  • Falsified documentation can be a €5,000.00 fine
  • Operating without a valid Driver CPC can be a €2,000.00 fine
  • Being an employer, permitting a third party, to operate without a valid Driver CPC a (relevant) vehicle can be a €5,000.00 find for the employer and the third party.

On September 10, 2013 it was put into place that professional bus drivers are to carry a Driver...

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SAFED Training Ireland

Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving can reduce fuel consumption, saving any operator about €1,100.00 or nearly 1,000.00 litres per year. In addition, saving up to 2.6 tonnes of emissions a year. Safe Zone uses SAFED training to assist in reducing your fleet’s costs of operations:

  • With an average saving of eight per cent
  • Reduction in gear change by 36 per cent

Our training revolves around in-cab driver tuition, reducing CO2 emission, working to improve and develop safe driving technique, reduce maintenance costs, reduce fuel costs, increase driver awareness, and vehicle control.

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Tachograph Management Training Ireland

Safe Zones training course for Tachograph management is designed with the companies and drivers in mind. To assist the companies and the drivers in understanding their legal obligations as well as their duties as provided by the current legislation. This course is designed to identity business training needs for each individual business on a case-by-case basis.

Safe Zone covers the rules of drive times, mandatory breaks or resting periods, breaks that apply under the rules of working time directives, national and international journeys, penalties for not maintaining compliance, managing digital, analogue and mixed vehicle...

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All employees should follow Road Safety (RSA) in line with legislation ie: follow the speed limit, wear safety belts etc. Health and Safety legislation requires that all vehicles used for work are maintained in good condition and are safe to use and fit for purpose. All employees should take the time to read information specific to transport and storage on the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) website.

Drivers are responsible for reporting any maintenance required on vehicles to their employers in writing and are expected to be actively involved in keeping the vehicles in good working repair of an everyday nature ie: tyre pressure, oil levels, water, lights etc. A first aid kit should be kept and maintained in each vehicle and any supplies required for same should be reported by the driver in writing.

All staff are to be aware of the height of their vehicles and to avoid restrictive entrances which this height exceeds. Staff should be aware of blind spots when reversing and always utilise the second person to assist with this activity. Always use the handbrake appropriately and when necessary blocks for wheel stability when parked on an incline to avoid any risk of a crushing accident from occurring.

Simple guidelines to follow are:

  • Think before you lift (manual handling)
  • Keep workplace clean & tidy
  • Keep fire exits clear of any hazards
  • Ensure electrical cables aren’t causing obstructions
  • Use PPE when appropriate

Vigilance is a key aspect of remaining safe in the workplace. Always assess the situation before commencing any work.

The most common accidents in this line of work result from:

  • Lorries in the workplace
  • Falls from vehicles
  • Manual handling (accounts for approx. 40% of all injuries in this sector)
  • Load security
  • Lack of appropriate rest periods.

Manual handling in this sector is a huge area of concern for employers. Examples of the issues that contribute to ineffective management of the hazard of manual handling include the lack of safe systems of work for handling of very heavy loads, no labeling of weight information on product, the lack of planning for delivery of loads to clients, the unavailability of handling aids and the lack of instruction and training.

The 2012 Health and Safety Authority figures for non-fatal injuries in the transport and storage sector show that over 40% of all non-fatal injuries were sprain/strain due to physical strain on the musculoskeletal system, resulting from unsafe systems of work for handling loads. Further analysis of this data shows that the total lost work days due to sprain/strain injuries was 11,504 or thirty one lost work years. (HSA Guide on manual handling risk management in transport and storage)

For further information on Health & Safety please see below a list of useful websites:

Drink Driving - A look at the facts

Drink Driving & The Law

The Road Safety Authority’s ‘Never Ever Drink and Drive’ campaign advises us - quite directly - to never get behind the wheel if we’ve had a few pints. However, the law states that...

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Dangers of Drink Driving

Drink driving campaigns are very effective in getting the message across - that getting behind the wheel after a few drinks can be dangerous, leading to accidents, injury, and, in some cases, even...

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Drink Driving Myths Debunked

There’s a lot of rumours and false ‘facts’ being thrown around regarding drink driving, and sometimes it becomes difficult to tell the truth from fiction. Here are the top 10 drink driving myths...

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