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Eight vehicles your driver will require a PrDP for

by , 10 June 2013
Today, I was driving next to a gentleman in an enormous 4X4. I happened to glance over, and saw him paging through a magazine! I wanted to roll down my window and shout, 'If it's not too much trouble, would you mind keeping your eyes on the road?'

It got me thinking about professional drivers, i.e. people who drive for a living, and the permits they must have to do so.

Do your drivers hold a valid professional driving permit (PrDP)?

It's essential all your drivers have this permit. Do you know that a driver without a professional driving permit is the most common reason for insurance companies rejecting claims for drivers involved in incidents/accidents?

Let's take a look at what vehicles your drivers must have PrDP's for...

Nine vehicles your driver will require a PrDP (professional driving permit) for
  1. If your employees drive any of the following vehicles, they must hold a valid license card, endorsed with an appropriate PrDP:
  2. Bus, vehicle or minibus seating more than 12 passengers (driver included), whether or not it has enough seats, and irrespective of its weight;
  3. Any vehicle used to transport people for payment, e.g. a taxi or ambulance;
  4. Goods vehicle, weighing over 3500kg;
  5. Breakdown vehicle e.g. a tow truck;
  6. Heavy goods vehicle, loaded or empty (codes: C1, C, EC1 and EC);
  7. Goods vehicle carrying dangerous goods;
  8. Road tank vehicle for petroleum-based flammable liquids; and
  9. People who drive these vehicles occasionally, such as truck salesmen, diesel mechanics (who need to test drive the vehicles) also need to have a PrDP.
Your driver's PrDP could be suspended or cancelled

Your employee's professional driving permit can be suspended or cancelled at any time if he becomes unfit, either due to:
  1. Injury;
  2. A new medical condition; or
  3. A worsening existing medical condition.
It's the responsibility of each and every road user to drive sensibly, carefully and according to the law.

If he doesn't adhere to the road regulation he exposes himself to prosecution which could lead to the suspension of his driver's license.

How to apply for a PrDP in nine easy steps

In the Health and Safety Advisor, Chapter P02 - Professional Driving Permit we'll show you step-by-step how go about applying for PrDP and so much more.

Until next time,

Kerusha Narothan
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Advisor


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