Driver Periodic Training

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Driver Periodic Training's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Driver Periodic Training is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Managing Director David Hirst
Contract Director Paulina Kalwasinska discusses
course allocation with the office manager
For over a decade now, London cabs have been facing an
increasing number of regulatory challenges. The next of
these could be the government’s bill to make it mandatory
for all cab drivers to complete disability equality training. This
is where Driver Periodic Training come in. In addition to having
25 years’ experience of providing NVQ and driver CPC training
to ISO:9000 standards, they have recently started to provide
disability training for TfL cab drivers. Managing Director David
Hirst says more about his business and its place in the market.
As a company, we began working with Jobcentre Plus to help train the long-
term unemployed as private hire drivers, thus enabling them to return to work.
We also helped with “Train to Gain” programmes, which trained existing drivers
to graduate to a level 2 qualification. To this day, we collaborate with various
organisations that upskill the workforce.
Following the introduction of driver CPC training, we began to expand our offering
by providing cover for LGV and PCV training. We run the National Vocational
Training programme, which allows drivers who face difficulties in achieving part 2
and part 4 of their vocational licence to drive commercially for up to a year.
Also worth noting is the fact that we boasted not so long ago the status of being
one of just seven approved training providers for People 1st, which was the leading
skills and workforce development charity (the old sector skills council) for employers
in the hospitality, tourism, leisure, travel, passenger transport and retailindustries.
»Managing Director: David Hirst
»Established in 1998
»Located in Slough
»Services: All forms of off-the-
job training for drivers
»The disability course won the
People 1st Quality Mark, has
been approved by the DSA for
one-day CPC training and is
already approved by several
local authorities to meet their
requirements for disability
awareness training
Driver Periodic
Provision of disability training
These, however, are just some of the
many outstanding qualities of Driver
Periodic Training. More recently,
we have decided to expand our
offering to include disability training
for all TfL cab drivers in London, as
the government is demanding that
disabled people enjoy the same ease
of access to taxis and private hire
vehicles as everyone else.
What is particularly important to
note at this stage is the fact that
disabilities are not always visible or
obvious – after all, only 10 per cent
of officially disabled people are in
wheelchairs. Nor are the solutions
for more recognisable disabilities
intuitive or widely understood. For
example, many people assume that
wheelchair accessibility is synonymous
with disability awareness, whereas in
fact you do not need to be wheelchair
accessible to be enormously helpful
to disabled people. This is especially
important to remember when the vast
majority of cabs in London (of which
there are some 120,000) are not
wheelchair accessible. It is therefore
imperative that we teach the detailed
nuances of this aspect of modern life;
otherwise, too many disabled people
will be denied access to services that
they are perfectly capable of using.
One does not need wheelchair access
to transport people who are partially
sighted or hard of hearing.
This might entail, for example,
teaching our clients how to properly
guide a blind person into the vehicle,
and further showing them how to
put their customers’ minds at ease.
For example, the driver must inform
Everyone is warmly
We began
working with
Jobcentre Plus
to help train
the long-term
as private hire
drivers, thus
enabling them
to return to
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the blind person who they are,
what the spacing of the car door is
like and how best to navigate once
they are inside. They must also let
the passenger know where they are
during the course of the journey. It is
precisely these kinds of considerations
that can all too easily be forgotten by
those who have believed that the job
is done after physically assisting them
into the car. That this can be so easily
overlooked testifies to the necessity of
companies like us offering the training
we do.
In terms of our strategic thinking, we
at Driver Periodic Training have sought
to identify the ten most common
disabilities and focus heavily on them
– as these are the sorts of situations
with which drivers will regularly
be confronted. Even folding up a
wheelchair and knowing how to help
people in a dignified manner will be
covered under our training.
It’s not clear yet what precisely the
regulations will be, but these are the
sorts of things we nevertheless have
to prepare for in anticipation of future
developments. The government’s
pursuit of this initiative is, as far as I
can see, a very welcome development
for everyone.
Legislative and regulatory
Important to this transition,
however, is maintaining an up-to-
date awareness of not only existing
regulations, but also the regulations
that await the industry on the horizon.
This means consistent observation
of parliamentary business and
political developments in this area.
Depending on the outcome of these
developments, we would have to
alter our business practices. This
could be, for instance, by drafting
and submitting a new course to the
relevant body to gain permission to
teach it, or it might mean expanding
our provision and opening more
centres. In the former instance, we
could franchise out this course and
have it taught across the country.
Because of our keen awareness of the
shifting winds of regulatory change,
we are particularly well positioned
to offer compliance training. It is
exactly this adaptation and constant
awareness that distinguishes us
and gives us plenty of reason to be
optimistic for the future. While many
companies in fact fear legislative and
regulatory fluctuations, we welcome
them – indeed, our business model
depends on them. For as long as we
remain committed to this manner of
operating, we foresee bright prospects
for us at Driver PeriodicTraining.
In terms of our
strategic thinking,
we at Driver
Periodic Training
have sought to
identify the ten
most common
disabilities and
focus heavily on
Demonstrating how a
wheelchair passenger
can transfer to a saloon
car for the journey

This article was sponsored by Driver Periodic Training. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister