The National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI) is celebrating a successful first year which saw more than 540 Instructors join the only DVSA endorsed register. During 2017, more than 20 exam centres were approved, carrying out 103 examinations.
"The NRI is run by the industry, for the industry, as working collaboratively is the best way to improve road transport safety and training standards," says Richard Brewer, General Manager of the National Register of LGV Instructors. "We are delighted to have achieved so much in our first year but are keen to expand further and do more to help professionalise the LGV training industry."
"The responses we have received from those newly qualified and experienced Instructors following their examination has been extremely positive," Richard continues. "We are also pleased to see that the NRI standard is now being requested in tender documents for those requiring driver training."
The NRI, which is operated by RTITB and endorsed by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), was launched in January 2017 to provide a single, national register for the road transport industry following the announcement of the closure of the DVSA's existing register.
It is committed to promoting higher standards of LGV instruction, increasing the number of registered instructors and to helping improve the national pass rate for LGV vocational tests. It has already proven to be leading voice within the industry and attended several health and safety and transport events in 2017 to promote the benefits of using NRI instructors.
"DVSA's priority is to protect people from unsafe drivers and vehicles and we are pleased to endorse and support the NRI," says Mark Winn, Deputy Chief Driving Examiner for DVSA. "Their register of LGV instructors plays an important role in raising standards and increasing the competence of professional lorry drivers."
Mark continues "Goods vehicle drivers are in control of one of the biggest types of vehicle on our roads and have a particular responsibility to drive safely, and with respect towards other road users. It's important new drivers have the correct training and instruction before they take their large goods vehicle (LGV) test."
As well as the DVSA, the not-for-profit NRI is supported by the FTA (Freight Transport Association) and RHA (Road Haulage Association) and is regularly audited by a governance committee to reassure members of quality, standards and neutrality. The committee includes representatives of both large and small logistics, transport and training organisations alongside trade associations.