Seven successful staff qualify to make vehicles safer
Wed, 02 Oct 2019

Seven staff members from licensing, transport services and health and safety have recently achieved BTEC qualifications in vehicle inspections.

The successful seven were: Abbey Wilson, April Stephenson, Aleksandra Deer and Laura Smith (all from licensing); Bradley Coles and Joanne Larkin (both from transport services); and Alex Holtby (from health and safety).

The advanced award in vehicle inspection relates to Hackney Carriage and private hire vehicles, with the staff now able to examine them in the East Riding.

Their two-day intensive course covered topics including vehicle layout, steering (security and operation), braking (operation and efficiency), electrical (legal requirements), and tyres (legislation regarding tread depth, press, types of tyre).

The officers are now expected to provide feedback to the driver of defects found; make an informed decision as to the severity of the defect; decide what action is necessary and complete the appropriate paperwork; and adhere to strict health and safety practices.

Paul Abbott, head of housing, transportation and public protection, said: “A big congratulations goes out to these seven staff members as it is vitally important that more of our officers are formally trained and qualified in assessing the roadworthiness of licensed vehicles.

“These vehicles, which are used daily to transport residents and visitors around the East Riding, need to be both safe and fit for purpose.”


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