Green Tiger training strategies
The role of today’s HGV driver is a complex one. A professional HGV driver must have a detailed understanding of the rules of the road, the health and safety act of 2005, the European Drivers Hours and Tachograph Regulations 561/2006 along with technical information on the vehicle and the safe loading and unloading procedures specified by the manufacturer and employer.
The greater the time spent behind the wheel, the greater the exposure to risks associated with driving for work. If you drive more than 40,000 kilometres per year, you are considered to be at high risk of having a collision. Fatigue is a very serious consideration for professional drivers. They must be aware of the dangers of fatigue, how to identify the signs of fatigue and how to effectively deal with fatigue. Professional drivers have to manage their own personal health both in work time and outside of work time, to ensure that they are fit to drive. A professional driver must be trained to have the knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of at fault traffic and workplace accidents to zero.
Today’s HGV drivers have received basic training required to pass the driving test and since 2009, professional drivers must attend approved RSA class training once a year. While the Driver CPC is a welcomed formal training requirement, like all good things, it needs to mature.
Meeting the high standards of service required by the auto transport industry requires a dedicated team of transport professionals who can consistently deliver a high quality of on time and blemish free deliveries. This requires a team with a set of complementary skills encompassing transport management, transport supervision and professional drivers.
The Gencat professional driver culture training programme is designed to do exactly that, create a professional driving culture within the company. The programme assess the knowledge base of drivers, provides informative and interactive support in the areas of work based regulations and personal health and wellness, with the overall aim of creating a culture of professional driving within the company. Using the vehicle telematics reporting system, Gencat gathers information on driver behaviour taking into account all of the unique aspects and variables of driver operations. Using information gathered from the system and from discussions with drivers, the reporting team at Gencat determine initial base parameters for key driver behaviour indicators.
It all starts with a bespoke three-hour class room session that the drivers undertake which is designed to focus on the benefits of the programme to the driver and to familiarise them with the key objectives of the programme. This is the most comprehensive professional HGV driver training programme available. Driver feedback is extremely positive with many drivers seeing the benefits of a change in their driving behaviour and their work experience.
The Gencat professional driving culture programme praises professional drivers for their knowledge and skills, it generates awareness on the importance of the role of the professional driver within the company and encourages drivers and transport management to strive to be the very best in the road transport business. This culture will also make working for Green Tiger a very attractive proposition for any professional HGV driver.
Training is an ongoing exercise for successful transport operators, building any culture takes time, care and nurturing. Developing and implementing new ideas and interventions to support the transport team is executed in tandem with training. The programme must provide a win-win situation for all of the stakeholders. These include; drivers, the company, the environment, trainers and of course society. The training will benefit the driver by reducing their risk of at fault traffic and work accident’s or personal health problems. The company benefits from an enhanced reputation for delivering a sustainable, consistent and profitable service to its customers and shareholders. The environment benefits from less emissions being generated and less consumable vehicle components being used such as brake linings, tyres, suspension parts and even replacement vehicle body parts. The trainers benefit from a greater understanding of the role and function of the transport team and society benefits from professional drivers who have respect for those drivers with less understanding and knowledge of the dangers posed by HGV traffic in society. The professional HGV driver should have the confidence and the credibility to lead road safety by example.
Green Tiger Express helping the environment thorough training
Reducing CO2 emissions and keep down costs has become a major factor in the day to day running of a haulage business.
Green Tiger Express are committed to reducing carbon emissions by Adopting a Safe and Efficient Eco Driving practices which not only saves money but also reduce maintenance costs and the carbon footprint of their vehicles.
It is no longer ‘someone else’s problem’. We can all play our part by investing in an Eco driver training programme.
While manufactures have gone to great lengths to give the maximum performance with the minimum fuel costs, driver’s still need training in the use of vehicle controls familiarisation and Eco driving techniques if we are serious about knowing how to achieve the best results from our vehicles.
With the use of our Drivers knowledge and skills and the support of an Eco driver training programme Green Tiger Express are proud to report,
- Improving MPG
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Reducing maintenance costs
- Reducing down time
- Reduce engine idle running time
Green Tiger Express believe that by adopting these measures they have benefited in their own operations and that it has also been good for both customer and the environment.