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South Gloucestershire Council was proud to welcome the opening of a new MOT centre in Yate. The facility, which is VOSA approved, opened on 4 March. It will act as an Authorised Testing Facility (ATF) for counsel HGVs and PSVs, as well as being open to the general public. The council expects to save a significant amount of money by reducing the number of miles its public service buses and government trucks have to travel in order to access MOT inspections.

Prior to the new station opening, HGV and bus drivers had to travel to Bristol, Wiltshire, or other parts of Gloucestershire for MOT inspections. The new facility offers a local solution for both public and commercial operators. Fewer miles to drive means less petrol used and less time a vehicle is out of commission.

The purpose-built Yate centre includes two testing lanes as well as drive-group facilities. The aim is to make sure every vehicle gets through as quickly as possible in order to mitigate downtime. A full range of MOT services will be available to PSVs and HGVs weighing up to 44 tonnes, including class 4, 5 and 7 MOTs, as well as ADR tests.

According to The Gazette, the MOT centre is currently open on Tuesdays and Fridays and capable of handling up to 16 vehicles per day. Operators should contact the centre directly to inquire about booking their vehicles.

Driver Training

As the law currently stands in the UK, both cars and commercial vehicles must undergo MOT testing annually. The testing ensures that every vehicle on the road is as safe as possible, regardless of the amount of training the person behind the wheel possesses. Nonetheless, proper driver training is an absolute necessity for all drivers.

For example, bus drivers undergo specialised training that teaches them how to operate their vehicle safely while at the same time protecting their precious cargo. Most UK parents would be reluctant to put their children on a school bus being operated by an untrained driver. Thankfully, untrained bus drivers are not allowed by law to operate school buses.

So how does one receive bus driver training? By contacting a company like the HGV Training Centre. We guide each student through the process of completing and submitting medical paperwork, preparing for the theory test, and applying for to provisional entitlement allowing them to begin practical skills training. When all of that preliminary work is done, we also administer the training through a series of classes. Provided the driver passes his or her final test, he or she is given their licence and ready to begin looking for work.

If you have been considering bus driver training for a new career as a commercial driver, there is no better time to get started than right now. The HGV Training Centre is proud to be one of the leading providers of bus driver training in the UK, at more than 45 conveniently located facilities. We can get your training underway as soon as you contact us.

Sources:

The Gazette – https://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/11066853.New_council_owned_MOT_centre_opens_in_Yate/

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