Guild delivers 5,000th DCPC

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Guild awards its 5,000th certificate to a Lucketts Travel Group driver

The Guild of British Coach Operators has announced the delivery of the 5,000th day of its driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) training, with the driver collecting his certificate.

Martin Williams began work with Lucketts Travel Group (LTG) in early October. An experienced coach driver, Martin was required to complete the CPC course before driving on National Express routes run by the renowned Fareham-based operator.

It wasn’t the first time that Martin had been to the Lucketts Training Academy. He began his driving career with another firm, and attended courses run by Lucketts on behalf of other operators. The family-run firm has become a specialist in driver training, with a dedicated facility which is believed to be unique in Southern England. As previously featured in CBW, Lucketts has heavily in training, and runs courses through the Guild of British Coach Operators.

Looking for a new challenge in his driving career, Martin decided to join Lucketts. The 51 year old father of four said: “I was aware of Lucketts’ high standards and great reputation. I look forward to helping them maintain this in the future.”

Guild member companies, including Lucketts, currently offer 10 different courses, each of seven hours’ duration. The courses cover a variety of skills such as legislation on driver’s hours, vehicle checks, customer service and dealing with emergencies.

During the last year Lucketts has run 382 individual drivertraining courses. These range from comprehensive induction schemes to lessons in safe and economic driving. Lucketts has also worked closely with TfL this year to develop a specialised ‘Safe London Training’. This aims to increase driver and cycle awareness for coach drivers in urban conditions.

Ian Luckett, Director of LTG, said: “As the firm has grown it’s become clear training is one of the most important areas to invest in. It’s fitting that the Guild has awarded its 5,000th certificate to a LTG driver, undergoing his DCPC refresher training at our facility.

“We agree with the Guild that training isn’t just something that should happen every five years, but must be a continual process of learning and development for each and every driver.”