The UK’s Heavy Transport Association (HTA) has launched two abnormal load escort training programmes.
Assured by City & Guilds, the Abnormal Load Escort Driver Stage 2 and the Abnormal Load Escort Manager Stage 3 Programmes are available across selected HTA-approved regional training centres.
Both programmes are tailored to escort and pilot car drivers across the heavy transport and mobile crane sector to prove competency, reduce risk, improve public safety and promote industry excellence, said the HTA.
The programmes include theory-based classroom learning, followed by observation of practical activities. A final assessment will result in a City & Guilds credential.
Candidates are expected to undertake the Stage 2 driver programme before progressing to the higher Stage 3 manager programme.
The former covers escort driver legislative vehicle requirements and industry best practices; the preparation of escort vehicles before use; how to communicate with third parties and how to appropriately respond to emergencies, incidents and unexpected situations; and an overview of the post-operative procedure checks and movement report.
According to the HTA, individuals progressing onto the Stage 3 manager programme will:
• Possess the ability to plan the details of the movement, understanding the relevance of all related movement documentation and understand the roles and responsibilities of all involved
• Acquire the knowledge to brief all personnel involved in the movement, and ensure all vehicles have been appropriately prepared and checked
• Understand how to actively manage vehicles and traffic during the load movement
• Manage the closure of the abnormal load movement on completion
• Understand the requirements of multiple escorts or convoys of loads.