DT Driver Training (www.drivertraining.co.nz) has benefited from the increased importance of driver training following the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, recently surpassing one million unique website visitors in the past 12 months, 630,000 of which were from New Zealand.
It puts its success down to effectively working with industry partners, having recently added APL Direct and Holcim via CCS Logistics and TR Master Drive Services, respectively.
“Working with other suppliers makes sense for us”, says Darren Cottingham, director of DT Driver Training. “We can focus on what we do best – online training – with confidence that practical training, telematics and other services are being managed by experts in those fields. They can use the drivers’ training results to influence their client services and vice versa.”
Geoff Wright of TR Master Drive Services says DT Driver Training provides 24/7 access to online training that reinforces customers’ understanding of legislation, and provides a great risk profile that complemented their face-to-face, one-on-one and group training courses.
Cottingham says while the overall number of vehicle-related accidents should begin to decline once a critical mass of vehicles with safety technology such as electronic stability control and autonomous emergency braking enter the fleet, New Zealand’s road toll is unfortunately rising again. Effective driver training to reduce the risk of employees in unfamiliar vehicles becoming part of the statistics is essential.
“One accident in a company vehicle is often more costly than putting the entire staff through a year’s online driving training,” says Cottingham.