With discrete contracts and long-standing customers, news from Jack Richards & Son can seem a little slow by comparison with some of the ‘noisier’ companies in our industry. Traditionally, we don’t like to shout about our own achievements, preferring to keep our successes between ourselves and the customers who inspire us to achieve them. However, recent points of note are shown below for the sake of general information:

Jack Richards Delivers Driver CPC Success

The Fakenham based UK haulier, Jack Richards & Son, has progressed so well with in-house training of drivers for the required CPC courses, that the company is now delivering external courses on Saturdays for other companies’ drivers.

Peter Brown, managing director of Jack Richards, said, “We are fortunate to have Ian Riches as our in-house trainer. Ian has been with Jack Richards for 35 years and has retired from full-time driving to take up the CPC driver training role. To date he has completed all Unit 1 courses with the haulage fleet drivers and is some 50% of the way through Unit 2 with them. This rate of success for our drivers, who are all to be congratulated, means Ian can now help other fleets in the area when he has time – though that tends to be Saturdays only.”

Overall, figures in the UK transport industry continue to give rise to concerns at the slow progress being made in the CPC introduction. Analysts say there is a real danger that many fleets will find themselves with unqualified drivers who cannot go on the road until they have completed their courses. The danger is that the knock-on effect, of last-minute pressures on training companies to deal with the predicted bottleneck, could well lead to some fleets failing to meet contract obligations.

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