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Next Course Dates: 22 - 26 Jan 2018

Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Prospectus

'We are proud that Drivex was invited to provide editorial for the 2010 edition of the prestigious Parliamentary Yearbook in the section entitled ‘Olympics 2012 – Excellence in Health and Safety.’

Introduction

Welcome to the Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course Prospectus. This Prospectus contains the following sections:

Before looking at the Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course itself, why should you choose Drivex?

Drivex is an established Corporate Driver Training Company with many years experience in the field of driver training. We specialise in delivering high quality driver training specifically tailored to the requirements of each individual client.

Our ability to deliver such directed training arises from our unusual position of having developed our own Driver Risk Assessment System. This system allows each client to gain an overview of how their drivers (and the type of journeys their drivers have to make) contribute to their overall exposure to Work-Related Road Risk. The benefits to clients of using our Driver Risk Assessment System are that it can generate accurate results very quickly, and is extremely cost effective. Initially, this cost effectiveness works in two ways for the client; Firstly, the immediate financial cost is minimal, and secondly, each driver only needs about half an hour to complete their assessment. The subsequent Risk Assessment produces results that show specifically those areas of occupational road risk that need to be addressed by the client. Where this may involve in-vehicle training, the Risk Assessment System allows the reasons for the training to be fully understood, both by the client and the instructor. The training delivered is therefore tailored to meet these specific needs.

With this background in delivering real corporate driver training, we believe our Fleet Driver Training Course is the best way for an Approved Driving Instructor to enter the field of corporate driver training; after all, the people delivering your training are also doing the job themselves!

Our course has therefore been designed to not only give you the qualifications to join the DVSA Register of Fleet Driver Trainers, but also to be able to deliver meaningful training to a wide range of drivers, with an equally wide range of specific needs.

We are also proud that Drivex was invited to provide editorial for the 2010 edition of the prestigious Parliamentary Yearbook in the section entitled ‘Olympics 2012 – Excellence in Health and Safety.’

Drivex achieved their DVSA Accreditation on 3rd April 2009 at the first attempt.

We hope that reading this Prospectus is your first step on the road to becoming a Registered Fleet Driver Trainer with Drivex.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Company Profile

With this background in delivering real corporate driver training, we believe our Fleet Driver Training Course is the best way for an Approved Driving Instructor to enter the field of corporate driver training; after all, the people delivering your training are also doing the job themselves!

Drivex was formed in 2005 as an extension of our existing driving school; The Way Ahead School of Motoring. The Way Ahead was formed on the Isle of Wight in 1997, and quickly established itself as a market leader in the variety and quality of services offered. For example, The Way Ahead was the first driving school on the Isle of Wight to offer:

  • Driving courses for 16 year-olds
  • Skid control courses
  • Custom-made Course Guide and Log-Book for all students (our Course Guide has recently been used by the DSA and the Transport Research Laboratory as part of their research into the future of student log books)
  • ORDIT Registered Instructor Training. (The Way Ahead is still the only ADI training establishment on the Isle of Wight to have achieved ORDIT recognition).
  • Trailer training courses leading to licence category B+E.

The client base for Corporate Driver Training is so different from those who use a conventional driving school that we decided to create a bespoke company to deal with this particular aspect of our work, hence the birth of Drivex Ltd. Drivex has already established a successful track record in delivering high quality driver training to a whole range of clients. These clients range from small businesses with just a handful of drivers, to large national and international organisations with thousands of employees, and to date we have worked with our clients over a large part of the United Kingdom and overseas.

Drivex has three Directors, who are:

Steve Cocks B.Sc.

Steve qualified as an ADI in October 1995, and is a Founding Director of Drivex (and The Way Ahead). He attained entry on to the ORDIT register for all three parts of the ADI qualifying process in 2006, and is an experienced DVSA registered Fleet Instructor. Steve’s in-vehicle training work is now almost entirely for Drivex, and he is responsible for delivering a whole range of in-vehicle training, instructor training, developing driver risk assessment programs, as well as representing Drivex at various events around the country.

Paul Hayes

Paul qualified as an ADI in 1994, and is also a Founding Director of both Drivex and The Way Ahead. Although no longer involved in delivering in-vehicle training, Paul is an integral part of the administrative team at Drivex.

We can come to you!  For a group of four or more delegates, we can bring the course to you.

Roger Spaven

Roger qualified as an ADI in May 2001 and joined The Way Ahead in 2002. He has been involved with Drivex from the start. Roger entered the ORDIT register for all three parts of the qualifying process in October 2008, is an experienced DVSA registered Fleet Instructor, and is a qualified Close Protection Driver. Along with Steve, Roger is also responsible for delivering the bulk of Drivex’s in-vehicle training, instructor training, risk assessments and, with Steve, represents the company at events across the U.K.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Overview

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) launched the Voluntary Registration Scheme for Fleet Driver Trainers on 22nd April 2002. This followed the work of a group involving DSA, employers, risk-managers, insurers and trainers, and consultation with other interested parties.

Our Fleet Driver Training Course is for those ADIs who wish to extend their expertise into the field of corporate driver training, or those who wish to take their ability to train to an advanced level. The course is also an ideal way of expanding your Continual Professional Development (CPD) Portfolio.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Improve your own driving skills.
  • Understand the reasons behind Corporate Driver Training. (Why do businesses and other organisations spend time and money training people who can already drive?)
  • Understand how to assess and train a range of drivers of varying experience.
  • Understand how to deal with clients and how to report back on training delivered.
  • Enable you to pass our DVSA accredited Fleet Register Qualifying Exams.

The Qualifying Exams are:

1.      Multiple-choice theory test

2.      Practical test of driving ability

3.      Practical test of instructional/coaching ability

To apply for entry to the DVSA Fleet Register you must first pass all three of the qualifying exams in the order above, and the whole process must be completed within one year. The one-year period starts from the date of your first attempt at the theory test. You have a maximum of three attempts at each of the qualifying tests. If you do not pass in the three attempts you must wait until the end of your one-year period before you can re-start the qualifying process. Drivex will attempt to accommodate re-tests within the course time.

As mentioned in the introduction, Drivex is extremely active in delivering in-vehicle corporate training, and our Fleet Driver Training Course will also prepare you to become one of our Associate Trainers. This will allow you to carry out work for our clients on our behalf, when appropriate.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Qualifying Tests

Theory Test

The theory test is a pen and paper test and is carried out on the first morning of your course. It is therefore imperative that you prepare for this test prior to attending your course.

Unlike many Fleet Training establishments we do not require you to hold any existing advanced driving qualifications before attending the course.

The theory test consists of 100 questions with a choice of four answers per question. You will have 90 minutes to complete the test. The questions are on the following topic areas and grouped into 4 bands:

Band 1           Driving practices and procedures / road and traffic signs / motorway driving.

Band 2           Driver attitude / driver and the law / environmental issues.

Band 3           Vehicle dynamics and handling / accident procedures.

Band 4           Instructional coaching techniques / hazard perception.

The overall pass mark for the theory test is 85%. However, you must reach a minimum mark of 80% in each of the 4 main topic areas given above. It is therefore possible for you to get an overall mark of 85% or higher but still fail the test because you have not gained the minimum of 80% in any one or more of the 4 bands.

The questions are drawn from the DVSA publication ‘Registration of Fleet Driver Trainers Official Theory Test Question Bank’, and a copy of this publication will be sent to you upon receipt of your course payment. However, the theory test questions are based on the recommended reading materials for the course, a list of which is included at the end of this prospectus, and we cannot emphasize enough the importance of home study before commencing your course.

A sample question is shown below:

Q.31 How wide can a load be before you must have side markers?

A         2.0 metres (6 feet 6 inches) C         3.5 metres (11 feet 6 inches)

B         2.9 metres (9 feet 6 inches) D         4.3 metres (14 feet 2 inches)

 

Test of Driving Ability

Unlike many Fleet Training establishments we do not require you to hold any existing advanced driving qualifications before attending the course. As an existing ADI your driving should already be up to a reasonably high standard, and our trainers should be able to bring your driving up to the required standard relatively quickly.

'Our Fleet Instructor course is also an ideal way of expanding your Continual Professional Development (CPD) Portfolio.'

The practical test of driving ability consists of a test of the candidate’s driving technique. The test will last approximately 60 minutes and will be over a very demanding route.

Before the drive commences you will be asked to perform an eyesight check, whereby you will need to read a car number plate from a distance of 27.5 m (90 feet). If you do not pass the eyesight check the rest of the test will not be carried out. (The eyesight check will normally be carried out at the commencement of the course, when other document checks are carried out).

The test is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is required. Candidates must show that they have a thorough knowledge of the principles of driving and road safety, and that they can apply them in practice. They must have excellent hazard perception and planning skills.

You will need to show that you can deal safely with the following:

  • Varied and changing road and traffic conditions, including dual carriageways, motorways and one-way systems.
  • The ability to move away smoothly, both ahead and at an angle, and on various gradients.
  • Meeting, overtaking and crossing the path of other vehicles.
  • Maintain a safe separation distance, negotiate a range of roundabouts and exercise lane discipline.
  • Display courtesy and consideration to other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.
  • Apply correct procedures at pedestrian crossings, level crossings, traffic signals and all road junctions.
  • Demonstrate effective use of all mirrors and the correct use of signals and ancillary controls.
  • Demonstrate expert hazard awareness and planning.
  • Comply with speed limits.
  • Drive with ‘vehicle sympathy’, in particular with regard to gear selection and engine braking, the correct use of acceleration, and the management of engine power / torque.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to give a descriptive talk-through commentary whilst driving, for a period of at least ten minutes.

The test incorporates a strict assessment regime – a maximum of only four driving faults will be permitted. Candidates will fail the test if they commit more than four driving faults, or if they commit any serious or dangerous faults.

The candidate will be asked to carry out one reversing manoeuvre, selected at random by the examiner. There will not be an emergency stop exercise.

The examiner will give you the result at the end of the test. Should you fail the test the examiner will give you a sheet listing your mistakes, and you must retake the test. We will endeavour to arrange a re-test during your course.

 

Test of Instructional / Coaching Ability

The object of the test is to assess the ability of a candidate to identify and prioritise risk areas in a customer’s driving, and then to complete a risk profile. Risks should then be reduced by using appropriate coaching methods. At the end of the session a final risk profile should be communicated. The test will last for approximately one hour and will require the candidate to:

  • Give a short presentation designed to initially raise awareness of work-related road risk. This should be interactive and contain validation.
  • Involve the customer in an interactive practical vehicle check, to demonstrate knowledge of basic mechanical principles and legal requirements.
  • Demonstrate to the customer all necessary pre-start checks.
  •  Assess the customer’s driving.
  • Communicate effectively to the customer a risk assessment.
  • Provide and demonstrate appropriate coaching methods that would reduce those risks identified.
  • Communicate a final profile of the customer’s driving highlighting key strengths and weaknesses where appropriate.

To successfully complete this test the candidate must demonstrate their knowledge and ability in the three Core Competencies:

  • Identify the faults and risk areas of the customer’s driving.
  • Analyse these faults and prioritise them in relation to the level of risk they present.
  • Provide suitable coaching/training to eliminate, reduce or manage the risk areas identified.

To enable the examiner to measure your competence to deliver driver development training he/she will role-play a customer with various strengths and weaknesses. Customer portrayed will be chosen from one of the following types:

  • Experienced company car driver attending a driver development session.
  • Inexperienced company car driver attending a driver development session.
  • Experienced company van driver attending a driver development session.
  • Inexperienced company van driver attending a driver development session.

The driving part of the test will be based on the following aspects of the examiner’s driving:

  • MSM PSL
  • Use of speed
  • Separation distance
  • Other road users

In addition the examiner will assess competence based on one of the following topics to be used in role-play. This will be in the form of simulation and/or questioning by the examiner. However, you must note that you will not be told which topic area, it will be for you to identify the strengths and weaknesses from the role-play and driving portrayed.

  • Attitude and culture
  • Legal requirements
  • Driver and passenger safety
  • Vehicle safety and sympathy
  • Vehicle loading and security
  • Dealing with aggressive drivers
  • Environmental effects

A great deal of emphasis is put upon the style of the session, bearing in mind the status of the ‘driver’ you are assessing.

The Test of Instructional / Coaching Ability will result in a pass or fail decision, there are no grades given.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – The DVSA Register

Registration

Once you have qualified, and submitted the fee for registration, your name will be entered on the Register. You will then be sent a Certificate of Registration that will show your name, photograph and personal reference number. Registration will normally last for a period of four years; however your first registration will be for at least four years, normally until the expiry of your subsequent ADI registration. Your Fleet Certificate should be displayed in the same way as your ADI Certificate.

You must have applied for registration, and had a certificate issued to you, within twelve months of passing the instructional test, otherwise the Declaration given at the time of the test will become invalid.

 

Re-registration

You can apply for your registration to be extended for a further four years before it expires. The DSA will send a renewal notice before your registration runs out, but it is your responsibility to note the expiry date and apply for renewal, whether you receive a renewal notice or not.

 

Standards Supervision

As all Fleet Driver Trainers must be current ADIs, they will be subject to the ADI standards-check criteria. The underlying instructional ability standard required to satisfy a fleet instructor standards-check will be the same as that to satisfy an ADI standards-check. Therefore, a fleet driver trainer standards-check can serve as an ADI standards-check. An instructor who satisfies a fleet driver trainer standards-check can be treated by the ADI Registrar as having passed a standards-check to remain on the statutory ADI Register. An instructor who fails to attend for a fleet driver trainer standards-check can be treated by the ADI Registrar as failing to attend an ADI standards-check. Similarly, an instructor who does not demonstrate a satisfactory competence at a fleet driver trainer standards-check can be treated as having an unsatisfactory ADI standards-check.

As an ADI on the Fleet Register your standards-check can involve demonstrating competence with a full licence holder undergoing driver development. This can be with a customer undergoing fleet training. You will not be required to take an additional standards-check with a provisional licence holder, but you must ensure that the SE ADI is aware that you are on the Fleet Register when you are invited to a standards-check.

From April 2014, fleet instructors no longer need a specific fleet standards-check to stay on the fleet register. The new standards-check for all approved driving instructors introduced in April 2014 is designed to assess how well you meet the standards set out in the ‘National standard for driver and rider training’.

DVSA no longer offer the role play option for the new standards-check. As the examiner will assess whether your instruction helps a person to learn in an effective way, you can best show this by giving a normal lesson to a real pupil.

You already have the flexibility to bring a range of pupils from a learner to a full licence holder seeking development. However, the pupil must not:
  • be an ADI 
  • have passed the ADI part 2 test 
As the fleet register is an extension of the ADI register, the ADI standards check will be enough for instructors to stay on the fleet register.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Course Structure

The structure of the course will follow one of the schedules shown on the following pages, depending on the course location and the number of delegates. The course content will be exactly the same, whichever format is followed.

Our course is based at the Regus House facility located at Southampton International Business Park, near Southampton. This is an excellent facility, conveniently located 1-minute from Junction 5 of the M27. It is also adjacent to Southampton International Airport and Southampton Airport railway station.

For course delegates travelling from further afield, there is a Premier Inn located two minutes walk away from Regus House, alternatively we can advise on other locations for accommodation if necessary.

We can come to you!

For a group of four or more delegates, we can bring the course to you. Although there is an added cost to the course itself, this will normally be more than offset by the savings you make by not having to travel and find accommodation. This also has the added advantage of less disruption to your family and work life. The additional cost for this facility will be determined by your location and the number of course delegates, so we can advise of cost once we know your exact requirements.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Course Fees and Savings

The Fee for the Drivex Fleet Course is £948.00 (£790.00 + VAT)

This can be paid in two instalments as follows:

Deposit          £300.00 (£250.00 + VAT), due at time of booking

Balance          £648.00 (£540.00 + VAT), due 25 days before course commencement.

This represents excellent value when you consider that, to gain the Fleet Qualification through the DSA will cost you £334.80 for the exam fees alone! This is before you have undertaken any training whatsoever.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Typical Course Structure

Day 1

09.00      Introduction

  • Documentation – Driving licence and eyesight checks
  • Course summary, aims and objectives

09.30         Theory Test

11.00      Classroom Session

  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Driving at work

12.15         Lunch

13.15         Initial Delegate Driving Assessments and Training

16.45     De-brief

 

Day 2

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Driver Training

12.15         Lunch

13.15         Continuation of Delegate Driver Training. This session will incorporate the Test of Driving Ability

16.45         De-brief

 

Day 3

09.00      Classroom Session

  • Making presentations
  • Driver Risk Assessments

12.15         Lunch

13.15         Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability training

16.45         De-brief

 

Day 4

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability training

12.15         Lunch

13.15         Continuation of Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability training

16.45         De-brief

 

Day 5

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability training

12.00      Lunch

13.00      Test of Instructional/Coaching Ability

16.00      Conclusion of course, including final documentation.

 

A mid-morning and mid-afternoon break will also be taken each day at times appropriate to each day’s activities.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Typical Course Structure (alternative)

Day 1

09.00      Introduction

  • Documentation – Driving licence and eyesight checks
  • Course summary, aims and objectives

09.30         Theory Test

11.00      Classroom Session

  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Driving at work

12.15         Lunch

13.15      Classroom Session

  • Making presentations
  • Driver Risk Assessments

15.45      Initial Assessment Drives

16.45      De-brief

 

Day 2

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Driver Training

12.15      Lunch

13.15      Continuation of Delegate Driver Training.

16.45      De-brief

 

Day 3

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Driver Training. This session will incorporate the Test of Driving Ability

12.15         Lunch

13.15         Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability Training

16.45         De-brief

 

Day 4

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability Training

12.15      Lunch

13.15      Continuation of Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability training

16.45      De-brief

 

Day 5

09.00      Continuation of Delegate Instructional/Coaching Ability Training

12.00      Lunch

13.00      Test of Instructional/Coaching Ability

16.00      Conclusion of course, including final documentation.

A mid-morning and mid-afternoon break will also be taken each day at times appropriate to each day’s activities.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Study Materials

The Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course is of a highly practical nature, so we will not burden you with a mountain of course literature. However, as mentioned earlier, some preparation is imperative. This is particularly true for the Theory Test itself, and in perhaps refreshing your own mind with respect to the fundamentals of driver training as a whole. The following is a list of materials which will help you prepare for the course:

Included in the Course

  • Register of Fleet Driver Trainers – Official Theory Test Question Bank
  • Registration Scheme for Fleet Driver Trainers – Notes for Guidance

Both of these documents will be despatched to you on receipt of your course fee deposit. On commencement of your course you will also receive the following publications:

  • Fleetcraft – The Essential Occupational Driver’s Handbook (published by The Stationery Office)
  • Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course Accompanying Notes
  • Drivex Occupational Road Risk Presentation Folder

Essential Reading

  • The Highway Code, £2.50, (published by The Stationery Office)
  • Know Your Traffic Signs, £4.99, (published by The Stationery Office)
  • Roadcraft - The Police Driver’s Handbook, £15.99, (published by The Stationery Office)
  • Driving at Work – Published by the Health and Safety Executive

Recommended Reading

  • The Official DSA Guide to Driving, The Essential Skills, £12.99, (published by The Stationery Office)
  • The Driving Instructor’s Handbook, £19.95, (published by Kogan Page)
  • The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999, £9.00, (published by The Stationery Office).

As an ADI you may already possess some or all of the above publications, if you would like us to order any of these publications for you please let us know at least three weeks prior to the commencement of your course.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Contact Details

Drivex Limited

6 Sadlers Close

Ryde

Isle of Wight

PO33 1RA

Tel: 01983 810012

 

Steve Cocks

Tel: 07875388140

E-mail: steve@drivex.co.uk

 

Roger Spaven

Tel: 07961524718

E-mail: roger@drivex.co.uk

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Terms and Conditions

All course bookings are made on the basis of the following Terms and Conditions:

Booking

  1. Course bookings will only be accepted upon receipt of a completed Application Form accompanied by payment of course deposit or full course fee.
  2.  When a course deposit has been paid, the full outstanding balance must be paid at least 25 working days prior to commencement of the course. For courses booked within 25 working days of the commencement of the course, full payment will be payable at the time of booking.
  3. Course fees can only be refunded (less an administration fee) if cancellation is received in writing at least 25 working days prior to the start of the course.
  4. Upon receipt of course deposit, or full course fee if booked within 25 working days, Drivex will despatch the following documentation:
  • Course booking confirmation and receipt for payments made.
  • Course Joining Instructions and Timetable.
  • Registration Scheme for Fleet Driver Trainers – DVSA Notes for Guidance.
  • Register of Fleet Driver Trainers Official Theory Test Question Bank.

Course

At Course Registration each trainee will receive the following:

  • Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Accompanying Notes
  • Fleetcraft – The Essential Occupational Driver’s Handbook (published by The Stationery Office)
  1. Upon completion of the course, Drivex will issue each successful trainee with two Certificates of Achievement. One of these Certificates can then be used to accompany their application to join the DVSA Fleet Register.
  2. All vehicles and classrooms used throughout the course are strictly no-smoking areas. (Suitable smoking breaks will be incorporated into all training sessions.
  3. Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn for all training sessions.
  4. All trainees must be in possession of a valid UK full (category B) driving licence and a Full ADI Licence. These documents must be presented at the commencement of the course.
  5.  Whilst every care will be taken to ensure that training is delivered at the designated time and location, and with the designated trainers, bookings are made on the understanding that Drivex Ltd is not responsible for postponement of training due to adverse weather conditions, mechanical breakdown of equipment, absence of staff or any other cause. However, in the event of any training time lost due to mechanical breakdown of Drivex equipment or absence of Drivex staff, Drivex will re-schedule any outstanding training at the earliest opportunity.
  6. Every endeavour will be made to safeguard personal property of trainees, but we point out that Drivex Ltd accepts no liability whatsoever for jewellery, cash, clothing or other property that may be left in training vehicles or other premises.
  7. Trainees must inform Drivex Ltd of any medical condition that may affect their driving, or if any medication is being taken, however minor. Trainees will not attempt to drive whilst under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.
  8. Every effort will be made to accommodate re-tests within the Course Timetable. Where re-tests are accommodated outside the Course Timetable, a further charge may have to be made.
  9. Drivex training staff will act at all times in an appropriate manner, and with all necessary courtesy and respect. Where course delegates do not act in a similar manner, Drivex training staff will, at their discretion, take any appropriate action necessary to maintain the safety of themselves, other course delegates and the general public. This includes acts of physical and verbal abuse against Drivex staff and others. In extreme circumstances this may involve removing a delegate from the course.

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Drivex Fleet Driver Training Course – Forthcoming Course Dates

Our next scheduled Fleet Instructor Courses are scheduled to run as follows:

 

 

 

 

Dates

Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January 2018

Location

Regus House, Southampton Airport

Status

Spaces available: 4

 

 

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and next course availability.

 

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