Project: Driver Development Training

Reference: FL0214

Last update: 16/10/2003 11:19:21


The Road Haulage Forum, chaired by ministers from the Department for Transport and the Treasury, agreed to fund the roll out of this project. This was in recognition that in-cab training for truck drivers can be a very effective way of developing new and better skills. There is some evidence of a shortage of drivers and of drivers lacking skills for safe and fuel-efficient driving. The feasibility study confirmed that it was feasible and that stakeholder demand existed.

Specific objectives for this project are to roll Safe and Fuel Efficient Driver (SAFED) training out to the industry by:

promoting the potential benefits of the SAFED standard to the driver training and logistics industries,

developing partnerships with training providers to deliver training to different horizontal groups such as novices, experienced and in-house instructors,

recruiting and train participants from a diverse range of truck using sectors with a range of existing skill sets, and

evaluate the short-term effectiveness of the training delivery and skills retention.


The TransportEnergy Best Practice programme (TEBPp) contractors identified the poor take-up of driver training as an opportunity for improvement that could contribute to government objectives. Current training methods and their syllabus's were discussed with the other stakeholders to determine what training was required and a standard for Safe And Fuel Efficient Driving known as SAFED was produced. Subsequently a small pilot was conducted to confirm the feasibility and potential benefits of in-cab training for truck drivers. Fuel savings of 5-10% were achieved but fuel savings across the industry will be sensitive to how poor drivers are before their training.

This project will use the SAFED standard and roll it out to the industry. Driving skills will be enhanced in a variety of general and specific situations to the benefit of road safety and the environment. The target profile for participants (by the end of March 2004) consists of:

3500 'regular' drivers trained and certified to the SAFED standard,

500 novice drivers trained and certified to the SAFED standard,

100 commercial instructors trained to provide long-term leverage and embedding in the industry, and

100 in-house trainers for leverage during driver selection, refresher training and embedding.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £1,700,000.00

Actual start date: 13 May 2003

Expected completion date: 30 March 2004