News

  • New Hazards Perception Clips

    As from today (19th November 2018) new hazard perception clips will be added to the Hazard Perception Tests for learner drivers of cars. This will roll out to the LGV Hazard Perception Test in the new year. The hazard perception part of the theory assesses the ability to spot ‘developing hazards’. Within the theory test, […]

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  • Chronic shortage of drivers

    CILT have published a response from John Green confirming the United Kingdom supply chain sector faces a chronic shortage of commercial vehicle drivers, who are vital to keeping the wheels of UK plc turning. Trade bodies estimate that the sector is short of between 45,000 and 50,000 drivers. This is a problem for the industry […]

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  • What’s involved in the HGV / LGV Lorry Driving DVSA test ?

    Your trainer will accompany you to the DVSA test centre (situated a few roads away from our training centre) and the vehicle. Your trainer will sit with you until your name is called by the driving examiner. The examiner will check your driving licence (make sure you have it with you, or no test). After […]

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  • Do you fancy a career change?

    Trans Plant Mastertrain is expanding again and require a versatile experienced lorry driver who has exceptional customer service skills. If you are tired tramping the roads and want to use your experience gained then why not became a lorry instructor, we are willing to train someone providing they have the experience of driving trucks and can help in […]

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  • Now is the time to take on or up skill an existing employee by achieving an Apprenticeship

    There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or start an apprenticeship. Our long term, unique relationship with Exeter College and our achievement in obtaining registration on the Registration of Approved Training Providers is giving us the opportunity to offer two apprenticeship programmes for the Logistics and Warehousing Industries. Below is some […]

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  • Driver CPC (DCPC), are you compliant?

    We are starting to see an increase in enquiries and bookings for Driver CPC courses. As I am sure you are all aware the rush for existing Lorry drivers to maintain their Driver CPC deadline date is September 2019. If you are unsure of what if any modules you have completed within this period you […]

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  • Facts about excessive sleepiness while driving

    A tired driver takes a risk when getting behind the wheel. This recklessness may be a mortal danger to other motorists, passengers and the driver. Drivers have the legal duty to avoid falling asleep while driving.  Sleep generally does not come without warning. A motorist has to maintain vigilance against sleeping. In other words, a tired driver […]

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  • Driver CPC

    Brexit,brexit brexit, what is going to happen about Driver CPC? Well there is uncertainty on the impact of Brexit but one view seems universal is that the requirement for Driver CPC is not going to disappear. We as a training provider are implementing procedures and organising further resources for the increase in demand which we are […]

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  • Parking your truck overnight

    The Department for Transport have now published the national survey of lorry parking for 2017. It reported that there is ‘an identified need’ for more than 1,400 new parking spaces in critical areas of the country. One of the six critical areas listed is the South West. 4509 parking spaces were visited in England which […]

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  • Going the extra mile from 2000

    Here is a snippet of a history of changes regarding how things have moved on since the turn of the century 4 January 2000 – The touch -screen theory test was introduced 1 February 2001 – People gaining a full car licence must pass Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) before being allowed to ride a moped. […]

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  • Tyres, tyres and tyres

    No short cut’s please. Do you change your own tyres on your truck? According to figures from HSE, more than half of the reported injuries from tyre fitting activities come from the manual handling aspect of the process. Furthermore another 25% of reported injuries are caused by incorrect tooling such as inferior tyre levers. Also there […]

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  • EU Regulations impacting on the vulnerable

    In response to the DfT (Department for Transport) national consultation on the licensing of community transport to complying with EU regulations, DCC (Devon County Council) has stated how the proposals could affect the county’s passenger and community transport operators. If he proposals are introduced, voluntary and community transport groups will either have to achieve full […]

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  • DVSA stating 5% still breaking drivers’ hours law

    Statistics for 2017 reported by the DVSA states that 1 in 20 goods vehicles and bus drivers stopped, had breached drivers’ hours rules. With nearly 90,000 driver checks the percentage of offences have reduced from the previous year by 2%. Those who had broken the rules last year included 5.1% of GB lorry drivers, 5.9% […]

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  • ‘B’ merging with ‘C’ on motorways

    As from Monday 4 June 2018 learner car drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. This will introduce drivers sooner onto our ‘blue signed’ roads and surely be more beneficial. It is the driving instructor who decides when they competent and the training vehicle must be fitted […]

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  • The cleanest lorries will benefit from a cut in HGV levy

    Firms will pay less under the HGV levy for using cleaner lorries from next year. Those lorries not meeting the latest emissions will be expected to pay more. In a change of rules that come into force 1 February 2019, the HGV levy for Euro 6 lorries will be reduced by 10%. All other vehicles […]

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  • The MAN is doing good

    The purchase of our articulated unit MAN TGX 26.440 is doing us proud. We are delighted with the positive feedback from our customers on how easy it is to drive. Well done to trainees and instructors because 7 out of 9 customers passed their DVSA test in January. Amazing statistics that are far higher than the national average. Find […]

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  • Watch your time

    From Monday 5th March 2018, DVSA traffic examiners will start issuing on-the-spot fines for any drivers hours offences committed in the last 28 days. They will issue fines for up to 5 drivers’ hours offences in a single check. We offer a range LGV / HGV courses which include training on law and safety as […]

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  • Driver CPC gift from Trans Plant Mastertrain

    For those who read our news we are pleased to give you a saving of £18.75 and offer any Driver CPC course booked before 22nd December 2017 for any 7-hr module taken in 2018 for £50.00. Call us on 01392 426242 and quote ‘Christmas Gift’.

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  • Christmas Table Trivia

    In what year was the driving licence introduced? What was the cost for the first driving licence? In 1931 what did the Highway Code suggest you do before overtaking? What year was the first driving test taken? What year was the Lorry licence introduced What year were safety helmets made compulsory when riding motor bikes? […]

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  • Driving examiners strike

    Some driving examiners who are members of the Public and Commercial Service (PCS) union are planning to take strike action on Monday 4 December and Tuesday 5 December 2017. You can either: Change your test appointment to a later date Turn up for your test as planned, but your examiner might be unavailable Not all […]

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  • Another MAN for Christmas?

    Trans Plant Mastertrain is updating their fleet again. Due to the success of an even better first time DVSA pass rate from the two rigid MAN’s recently purchased, we have decided to update and upgrade our Artic to a MAN. Pictures on facebook to follow soon after anticipated delivery date of 11 December.

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  • Are you breaking the law by defrosting your car?

    Police officers have warned that it is an offence to leave a car unattended with the engine running on the public highway. Rule 123 in the Highway code states that: “You must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on […]

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