Driving and Digi Tachos...

Looking at driving jobs at the moment as a potential quick fix job whilst I find my feet should I depart the warm embrace of the Colours.

A fair few refer to Digi tachos essentail... what does this mean? Do I need to own one or know how to work one?

I have C + E, D + E, Hazmat and FLT. Do I need to do a course in this digi tacho or what?
Few blokes do driving jobs for extra cash while still serving, CPC is to prevent cowboys from crashing along the A roads.

Tacho is workable, long as you remember to learn about manual discs as well.
You don't need your full Driver's CPC for another couple of years as yet. Do the module relating to 'O' licence protection. 7.5 hrs training covers Digicard/Digitacho, manual tachos, driver's hours etc, etc. You will need to apply for your Digicard if you already haven't done so. Anymore info pse, PM me.
I am sure my digi tacho card was les than £30 and I didnt need to send a photo off as DVLA just used the on on file from my driving licence this was 2 years ago they last for 5 years £27 is a figure that keeps jumping in my head.
Anything like Hazmat and HIAB courses run through civi firms count as hours towards your CPC too I did a HIAB course about 6 months ago and it counted as 15 hours towards a CPC
Shop around. Costs have dropped because Drivers and Companies are delaying the training for as long as possible. When I book a trainer it costs me £500 per day wether I have 1 or 20 Drivers attend. There are cheaper Companies but the instructors are experts. The guy who took our 'O' Licence module was 28 years with VOSA and really knew his stuff. You can get courses starting at £30 per day but you get what you pay for. There is an additional upload fee per Driver to go on top of this, approx £8.
Your best to pm 'arters' he does dcpc training. I am a hgv driver and even though i can't remember the cost of my digi it wasnt a lot. As for the dcpc you should have it through grandfather rights if you past your test enough time back though i cant remember the cut off date. Truck and driver magazine has a good forum on it's wwb site. Ask on rhere and you should get a full and proffesional answer.
What is an O licence?

Feel like opening a can of worms!!!

Basically I have C + E, D + E, Hazmat and FLT. Never used tachographs.

But am interested in using these skills outside in civdiv for a while.

And what is CPC?
You only need a CPC if you are planning on running youre own company but it is a feather in your cap when applying for a job somewhere. Comes in two flavours , national and international. Covers law and regulations and such for running a haulage company. The Drivers cpc or DCPC as it is known is a stripped down version to make drivers more aware of the rules regs and HnS stuff.
Every transport company from a one man band all the way up to DHL must hold an Operators licence. Univerally known as an 'O' licence. If they lose this 'O' licence then they have to shut up shop.

Not near a PC but by a certain date (2013/4) all LGV drivers must have attended 37.5 (?) hours of accredited training delivered by a JPAUT accredited individual/company.

You need to get your head round the EU Working Time Directive for mobile workers plus EU Drivers Hours. Neither are as complicated as they first appear.
Cheers guys Food fr thought.

And a few courses to bang n for.
Dig i card £27 or thereabouts get the form from the post office, dcpc must be completed by september 2014.In my case i have another four and a half hours left to do.
Ark Angel,

you are so far out of touch, a Driver now needs a driver CPC, 7 hours per year or 35 hours in 5 years, if you have held you licence prior to 2008 then you have grandfathers rights until Sept 2013.
A new driver now needs to do it immediatley on passing their test.
This applys to any vehicle over 3.5 tonnes or 9 passenger seats, however you only have to do training for one licence set so if you hold both LGV & PCV you dont need to do two lots of training.

If I remember rightly the costs are
Digital tacho card £38.00
CPC card £25.00

If you are going to pay for the training yourself shop round as there are some good deals going.

Hope this helps
I drive for an agency which gives me a free module for every 100 shifts, not much but soon mounts up

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