Obtaining your PCV licence opens up a wide variety of options, and whether you wish to pursue a career in bus/stage carriage or work as a tour driver across Europe, it is an industry that is always in short supply of drivers, so work is easy to find and in plentiful demand. Our aim is to tailor our training to make it as convenient and cost-effective for prospective trainees as possible.
How our training works
Depending on experience and ability, the length of time it takes someone to be of test standard can vary. To give some indication of number of lessons needed, we suggest that someone books for an ‘assessment hour’. In this lesson our driving instructor will brief you on how to use the vehicle etc. and will assess your driving, at the end of the lesson, the instructor will highlight your strengths and weaknesses and make a suggestion as to how many lessons are likely to be needed.
From here it is up to you whether you wish to proceed with training, or you may find that it isn’t for you (in which case you’ve only outlaid the money for a 1-hour assessment lesson and not had to pay for a block weeks booking).
We do things slightly different from other training schools, which should make training more cost effective. On a Monday to Friday we fit our training around school run times, which in effect means we offer training from 10am until 2pm. The advantage is that we offer a ‘pay as you go’ system, whereby you only pay for the number of lessons you actually need, and you do not have a buy a whole week’s worth of training, which often works out extremely expensive. Evening tuition is also available on a request basis.
The driving tuition will be conducted in one of our designated training coaches, fully compliant for the new requirements passed in 2007.
The tuition will be delivered by Martin Emery or Tony Olding, who are both qualified ADI’s and have been teaching people to drive cars, buses, coaches and lorries (class 1 & 2) for several years. In addition they both drive commercially on a regular basis licence and are experienced in the general law regarding driving hours and tachographs etc. This can be incorporated into the lessons if necessary.
As of the September 2008 any new bus/coach drivers must incorporate the new certificate of professional competence into their driver training. This qualification ensures that drivers are proficient in all areas of the job, and not only capable of driving and handling a commercial vehicle. To summarise, all new applicants will now undertake the following tests:
- Module 1 (part a): Multiple choice theory test (£35)
- Module 1 (part b): Hazard perception test (£15)
- Module 2: Driver CPC case study test (£30)
- Module 3: Practical driving test (£115)
- Module 4: Show & Tell driver CPC test (£55)
*Prices correct as of 1st January 2014.
Our prices are simple:
- Assessment hour: £42+VAT (£50.40) (includes briefing/debriefing and assessment sheet)
- Driving lessons: £42+VAT per hour (£50.40)
- Evening driving lessons £42+VAT per hour (£50.40)
- Hire of coach for test (90 minutes): charged at above rate pro rata (some applicants choose to spend 30min-1hour prior to test to familiarise themselves with vehicle.
Fees: Please see the DSA test prices marked above
Should you wish to discuss the possibility of starting a driver training programme with us, please look at our downloadable packs below. Please direct any queries to Martin Emery on 01392 214466.