This is a result of a DVSA maintenance investigation visit of an HGV operator (personal details have been removed or changed). As it often happens, the following issues have been found and will be reported to the Traffic Commissioner’s office for further actions:
- No forward planner used
- No Roller Brake Test carried out (you should do this with every other PMI)
- Items reported by PMI agent but not completed at the same repairer
- Driver detectable defects found on PMI not recorded on driver daily reports
- Drivers defect sheets are all blank, repairs are being carried out but not recorded
After a public inquiry, this company’s operator’s licence was revoked for non-compliance. Names and addresses have been changed. View the decision letter from the public inquiry here:
- Vehicle and trailer safety inspection reports by your maintenance company every 6-12 weeks depending on your licence.
- Driver daily walk-around inspection sheets (on paper or phone app).
- Tachograph (drivers’ hours) records on Tachomaster or other software.
If you don’t have these records by the time you receive a DVSA enforcement letter about an audit, it will impossible to produce them and your operator’s licence will be revoked.
View an example of a DVSA enforcement letter, click here:
A Transport Manager CPC is worth more than a house but you can get it for only £300 and a month of studying.
There’s currently a shortage of PSV (passenger) transport managers with CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) in the North of England and some parts of Scotland. It only takes one month of studying and the exam costs about £200. You can get a complete self-study book for £65. Once you have your transport manager CPC, you can have up to 4 operators as clients. Even if each of them has only 1 vehicle, the pay is £350 per month for each. So at the very minimum you can expect to make 4 X £350 = £1,400 per month but in many cases it will be more. You can visit all 4 operators in a day or two. You can also automate some of the tasks and do them from home. Most of that work is done on your own schedule, when you choose to do it, and no one looks over your shoulder checking on you.
So the bottom line is:
To get a transport manager CPC, you need to study for about a month and the exam plus a book will cost you less than £300.
Then, working about 2-4 days a month on your own schedule you can make £1,400 per month or more.
Going back to the title: with £1,400 a month you can rent or pay a mortgage on a very nice house in many parts of the UK, especially in the North of England where there’s currently a shortage of transport managers with passenger CPC.
The following article explains in details how to obtain a transport manager CPC in PSV (passenger vehicles): https://info.hirett.com/how-to-obtain-a-transport-manager-passenger-psv-cpc/
Here are the current rates (see for the Standard licence, the second table from the top): https://hirett.com/rates
Once you have your transport manager CPC, contact us and we’ll refer operators to you that need a transport manager: https://info.hirett.com/contact-us/
In order to obtain your own CPC as a Transport Manager, you will need to pass an exam administered by OCR. Exams are held 4 times a year: in March, June, September, and December. It consists of 2 parts:
- Multiple Choice (2 hours 15 minutes).
- Case Studies (2 hours 15 minutes).
Most of the information related to the OCR exam is available here. There, you will find sample Multiple Choice questions under “(2) Sample assessment materials” and sample Case Study exams under “(72) Past papers, mark schemes and reports”. Answers and analysis of past Case Study exams are available under “Examiner reports”. A complete syllabus for the exam is available here.
Here’s one example (more are available here – In “Subject” select “Transport management”):
- Case Study Exam – Question Paper – March 2019
- Case Study Exam – Case Study – March 2019
- Case Study Exam – Answers and Examiner Report – March 2019
You can buy self-study materials here. That book is about 5cm thick, and it’s a stack of A4 sheets of paper printed on both sides. You are allowed to bring any paper materials to the Case Study part of the exam but not to Multiple Choice.
This book can help you in preparation for the Multiple Choice part of the exam, but it has many errors and many parts of it are badly outdated. Still, it is the only book of this type available so it’s better than nothing.
Watch our YouTube video with a multiple choice exam for HGV (but PSV has some similarities to it)
Good luck on your exam!