Don’t forget the transitional period for ‘M3 Responsible person’ is coming to an end

Don’t forget the transitional period for ‘M3 Responsible person’ is coming to an end

The transitional period for ‘M3 Responsible person’ is coming to an end on 31 December 2019.

This means that anyone with audits from 1 January 2020 will need to have completed the relevant training for the responsible person at the time of audit. Until 31 December 2019, the training must be planned and evidenced – this does not mean the training has to be booked, but it must be planned within your professional development plan.

A ‘responsible person’, who may be an owner, director, manager or supervisor, depending on the business sector, fleet size and the vehicle type, must undertake specific training every five years as part of their professional development requirement under Bronze ‘M3 Responsible person’.

The FORS mandatory manager training required in order to meet FORS Bronze requirement ‘M3 Responsible person’ is as follows:

Training topic Training required Complete within the past
Responsible person – training on maintaining continuous and effective management of fleet activities

Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence

OR

FORS Professional Fleet Management Essentials

OR

FORS Approved Training course on fleet management

Five years

The appropriate training course needed will depend on your type of operation:

If you are a responsible person for a non-O’Licensed fleet, any two workshops from FORS Practitioner workshops 1/2/3/4/5/6 will meet this training objective – and if you already hold a FORS Practitioner qualification, then you already meet this requirement. You can also attend the one-day FORS Professional discounted Car and Van Fleet Management Essentials at £130+VAT per person.

If you are a responsible person for an O’Licensed fleet, you can attend the one-day FORS Professional HGV and PCV Fleet Management Essentials at £130+VAT per person. Alternatively you can meet this requirement by undertaking FORS Approved training on fleet management. There are two routes available:

  • Attend a FORS Approved fleet management course as listed on the FORS website here; or
  • Attend a course that has automatic approval such as operator licence awareness courses delivered by professional bodies that are referenced in the Senior Traffic Commissioner Statutory Documents 1 and 3. These professional bodies are: British Association of Removers, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Confederation of Passenger Transport, Freight Transport Association, Institute of Road Transport Engineers, Institute of Transport Administrators, Road Haulage Association and Society of Operations Engineers

To book your place on a FORS Professional Car and Van Fleet Management Essentials course, click here.

To book you place on a FORS Professional HGV and PCV Fleet Management Essentials course, click here.