LCV irtec technician scheme launches at tomorrow’s CV Show 25 April 2016

irtec light – the new national licensing scheme aimed at delivering accreditation to technicians and apprentices working with 3.5—7.5 tonne vehicles – will be launched at the CV Show tomorrow (26—28 April 2015, NEC, Birmingham).

The IRTE’s (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) irtec scheme independently assesses the safety and competence of commercial vehicle technicians – covering theoretical and practical skills.

IRTE says that irtec light has been developedo fill the gap in standardised assessments available for technicians who work on 3.5—7.5 tonne LCVs.

The Institute expects delivery firms, supermarkets, rental companies and O licence holders that operates mixed fleets – who must demonstrate the same standards regardless of vehicle weight – to be among beneficiaries of the new irtec light.

Two irtec assessment centres have been piloting the new scheme: the FTA (Freight Transport Association), which has assessed two candidates from East Midlands Ambulance Service; and Manchester College, which been working with UPS to deliver irtec light accreditation.

“The majority of vehicles UPS operates fall into the category of LCV and, after the success of irtec with [truck technicians], they were eager to license their light commercial technicians,” states Steve Gannon, logistics head of department for Manchester College.

“The trial delivery of irtec light was very successful. Both candidates were happy with the outcome and were comfortable with the assessment process,” he adds.

Following the launch of irtec light, the new scheme will be rolled out industry-wide.

More than 7,000 CV technicians have so far been accredited through irtec and IRTE says the scheme delivers a significant return on investment.

Brian Tinham

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