Training needs to keep pace with industry changes

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Lloyd Morgan Group has embraced online training courses since the pandemic.

Managing Director of Lloyd Morgan Group Pete Thompson considers the importance of training staff on new generation electric and hybrid vehicles

With the desire for the passenger transport industry to move towards net zero emissions there is a growing appetite for operators to bring in electric and hybrid vehicles into their fleets. Companies are investing time and money into ensuring they source the right type of electric vehicles to suit their business needs and requirements.

But how much time and money is spent on ensuring employees are trained to have the knowledge and skills required to work safely around these vehicles?

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) suggests not enough, as it has reported that there is a severe lack of electric vehicle (EV)-trained heavy vehicle technicians in the industry right now. Employers have a duty of care under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 to ensure their employees are competent to work on electrical systems in electric and hybrid vehicles, and it’s not just vehicle technicians who require training on these high voltage vehicles; all employees who work around the vehicles or have close contact with them should also be made aware of the dangers.


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