Working closely with colleagues in NASP and key stakeholders across the driver and rider training industry, and with advice from DVSA, the Driving Instructors Association has developed a verification process and voluntary register for driver and rider trainers conducting essential training of key workers.
In order to gain entry to the register the trainer will have to complete an online course focused on incorporating safe training protocols in the context of COVID-19, as well as a theory test. Trainers will also have to provide evidence they are teaching key workers.
On gaining entry to the register the trainer will be issued with a Key Worker Driver or Rider Trainer certificate with a unique ID number which can be checked against the register should the trainer be challenged in the course of their training. The certificate will contain an email and phone number for register checks, and for general enquiries about the scheme. This certificate will last for three months initially.
The certificate should be clearly displayed on the training vehicle at all times so it can be recognised the bearer is a professional trainer who is conducting essential key worker on-road training. Please note rider trainers may not be able to affix the certificate as easily to their vehicles, but should carry a copy of the certificate at all times when training.
The register has been established in order to ensure that key workers with an essential need to drive or ride at this time can still receive professional training in order to fully prepare them for new licensure, to drive in different vehicles (as many key workers are being asked to drive vehicles they may not be used to) or to undertake increased driving for work.
Carly Brookfield, DIA CEO, said: “There is a very real need to limit in-vehicle training at this time to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. However, there is still an essential need to properly train and test the critical workers we need to mobilise in key roles right now - particularly so we don't unintentionally create an additional public health risk in terms of rushing inadequately trained drivers and riders into highly pressured occupational driving roles. We also need to limit those delivering driver and rider training to professional, appropriately licenced and regulated trainers who are only training and assessing key workers at this time, and work to ensure that those same trainers have the required knowledge of safe training protocols in the context of COVID-19. This is why we have created this registration process. It is entirely voluntary, but we hope it will enable those genuinely training key workers to work in the safest way they can, under the circumstances.
Registrants must provide evidence that those they are training are indeed key workers needing to ride or drive for work at this time - this can be in the form of a confirmation of a booked Critical Worker Test with the DVSA, a letter from the key worker's employer confirming their need for training at this time, or their employer ID badge or card (for example the NHS Staff ID badge).
Trainers must complete an online workshop and assessment on safe training protocols to ensure they are aware of the steps they must take to lessen any training risks for themselves, their pupils and the population at large. Additionally free resources have been created for the trainer to share with their key worker pupils, focused on educating key worker drivers and riders about their occupational driving risks, as well as how to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 in a driving or riding context.
The register will open for applications from today and all information can be found by clicking the link below. Should you have any specific queries about the register, or driver/rider training in general at this time please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a £10 charge for registrants, with £5 of that fee being donated to NHS Charities Together.