UK LGV drivers must improve training course choices
“In order to keep the drivers of the future engaged, it is critical that employees consider which training subjects bring the most value to their specific operation”, says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the leading Driver CPC consortium.
Recent data on Driving Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) compiled by RTITB, has shown that LGV drivers are repeating the same CPC training topics, posing what Nelson believes could be a considerable risk the future of the industry.
This comes in a current industry where the most recent Labour Force Survey statistics continue to show that the UK is facing a future driver shortage.
In actual fact, there are more LGV drivers of the age of 45, with more drivers aged between 50 and 54 than in any other age bracket.
The data from RTITB shows that “employers and drivers are treating the training as a ‘box-ticking’ exercise and wasting this valuable opportunity,” says Nelson.
Out of the current ten most popular subject areas, seven topics are the same as in the previous five-year Driver CPC training cycle. First Aid, Modular and Driver Hours are within the top five most popular subject areas.
Amongst the number of training courses that are being repeated are Drivers Hours, WTD and Tachographs, Health and Safety, Safe Loading and Customer Service.
“To attract and retain the drivers of the future, Driver CPC needs to offer genuine continued professional development,” says Nelson.
RTITB, a cross-sector global organisation, develops and applies training standards for workplace transport training.
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Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany