On 3rd September 2010 I blogged about high speed driving training requirements for ambulance drivers, and I made reference to the proposed introduction of section 19 of the Road Safety Act (2006), which is likely to make high speed driver training a legal requirement in order to exceed speed limits for defined purposes (such as ambulance purposes). Two years passed before the Department for Transport (DfT) published on 27th November 2012 a consultation document on “speed limit exemptions”, which proposed that section 19 be brought into effect. After this consultation closes on 27th February 2013, I now suspect that section 19 will be brought into effect later the same year.
But what might be the effect on your organisation? Well, one of the major effects will be to prescribe a high speed driving training course that drivers will be legally required to undertake before they are permitted to exceed speed limits. Outside of the police, fire and rescue, and NHS ambulance services, it is likely that private sector training providers, such as Bespoke Driver Training, will be accredited and quality assured by the government’s Driving Standards Agency. The DfT’s consultation encourages reflection on the proposal to make requalification of drivers a requirement, with reassessments of drivers’ continued competency likely every five years.
Once the DfT makes further significant announcements, which is likely no sooner than Winter 2013, Bespoke Driver Training will promptly update its many blue light clients on the new requirements.
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