Siege at London offices of UK HGV & LGV training company ends peacefully


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    Sky News reports that London Metropolitan Police have confirmed that they have arrested the man who took over the Tottenham Court Road offices of Advantage Training Services.  The company website indicates that they have 45 locations throughout the UK and states that they are:

    UK’s leading HGV & LGV Driver Training company with over 45 locations across the UK. Train to be an HGV Truck Driver in just 5 days!”

    A training officer interviewed by Sky News explained that people requiring training may pay as much as  2 – 3,000 pounds (approximately R36,000) for training as an HGV or LGV driver.  There is a suggestion that the company does not itself have vehicles, or undertake the training, but that they are brokers for training companies.  The company also offeres assistance with relocation to find work. 

    From a South African training perspective, is it possible to train someone as an HGV or LGV driver in 5 days?  And what is the cost of such training here? 

      

     

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    #7039

    In the communities the driving companies charge young people up to R8000 to get a driver’s licence.

    It is sick.

    #7038

    Thank you Carl for this response.  Are these registered and accredited providers?  How long does it take to get a licence?

    #7037

    I know a Driving School in Welkom, Vuka, they charge really a minimum amount – even below R1000 and the services is beyond expectations. They really good and specialise in the Disabled community but we are struggling with TETA due to non commitment from TETA side.

     

    Vuka main objective is to help the disabled to obtain licenses, those that are able to drive…but are met with such discrimination in the market – since they know Vuka will be a threat to them due to the excellence service Vuka provide. However with the disorganisation and choas going on in the ETQA at TETA – I don’t know when the Accreditation will go through and have given up hope.

     

    I think for proper training on HGV and LGV it can take more than 3 weeks to produce good-good results but these days everyone is going the shorter route. A friend of mine said it can take up to 4 weeks, but don’t know much about the field, myself, but looking at the outcomes I think 3 weeks. Even in South Africa, Providers is pushing their luck with training – Notional Hours does not count for anything and everyone tries to do it in shorter time frames.

    Sad but true

    #7036

    Hallo Sylvia

    Ek is transport bestuurder by n middelslag transport maatskappy. Ek kry daagliks met die nuwe studente te doen wat nie ondervinding het nie.Altwee my seuns het hulle lisensies-EC- deur n bestuurskool gekry. Twee redes. Dit kos te veel om n trok uit die werk te haal en die mense weet wat om voor uit te kyk as daar getoets word.Kan eintlik nie die toets nie slaag nie.

    Die koste was R4000 per leerling trok ingesluit en dit was net 5 ure se oefen gewees!Die ander wat saam met hulle getoets is het in elk geval ook geslaag met geen vorige ondervinding.

    Daar is egter geen manier wat jy daardie persone kan pad toe stuur nie. Onskuldig en onbewustelik is hulle n dodelike gevaar op die pad.

    Wat ons vemoed gebeur is dat hulle ander mense of familie huur of betaal wat swaar motor voertuig drywers is, hulle dan laat te bestuur gedurende die nag  wat uiters gevaarlik is.

    Ons kom dit agter want hulle kan dan ry maar as jy bel vir verwysing dan se die maatskappye dat hulle as helpers op die trokke gewerk het. Die verwysing is ook gewoontlik so vaag en swak en se dat hulle vir arbeid makelaars gewerk het wat nie opgespoor kan word nie.

    My vraag was nog altyd gewees is hoeveel mense is wel bevoeg om op die paaie te gaan as drywers.Dit sluit trokke en ligte voertuie in. Die keuring wat n vlienier moet deurgaan voordat hy begin met opleiding is 100 maal strenger.Na my mening het hy n baie kleiner risiko van ongelukke omdat die bedryf kwaai geruguleer word.

    Sy besluite en denke van hier tot in Engeland is duisende keer minder as n persoon wat van die eenkant van Johannesburg na die anderkant van Pretoria ry.

    Hulle-leen/toets voertuie- is nie gerigestreer nie want niemand gaan kom kyk nie.Die enigste reel is dat die voertuig padwaardig moet wees. Niemand vra in elk geval  vrae nie by die toets stasie nie. Jy maak jou afspraak en word getoets.

    Hulle het ook n blank check wat studente betref omdat ek erens gelees het dat hierdie jaar daar plus minus 1300 000 graad 1 ingeskryf het. Dit beteken dat daar oor 12 jaar 1 300 000 18 jariges gaan wees. Met die vrot infrastruktuur op die platteland en swak openbare vervoer gaan daar karre gekoop moet word om by die werk te kom.

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