Do you know that not having a professional driving permit is the most common reason insurance companies reject claims for company drivers involved in accidents?
That's right. But that's not all you should be worried about.
If your company drivers require a PrDP follow these nine steps to help them apply for it
Step 1: Your employee can only obtain a professional driving permit if he:
Step 2: There are 3 categories for which your employee can apply.
A PrDP applies to the following motor vehicle categories:
#1: Category G
G – Goods: Restricted to goods vehicles (not dangerous) and breakdown vehicles. The driver must be 18 years and older.
#2: Category P
P – Passenger: For vehicles carrying more than 12 passengers, such as buses, taxis, ambulances. This also applies to people who are part of a work crew and who aren' paying passengers.
This permit allows for the driving of G category vehicles. The driver must be 21 years and older.
#3: Category D
D – Dangerous goods: Restricted to vehicles transporting dangerous goods, this permits the driving of C and P category vehicles. The driver must be 25 years and older.
Ensure that your employee is the correct age, with regards to the age restrictions limitations.
Step 3: Your employee needs to complete the PD1 form. The form is available at your nearest driving license testing centre and on the eNatis website.
Step 4: Your driver will do an eye test at the testing centre.
Step 5: He must bring the following documents to the testing centre:
Step 6: Pay the required fee
Step 7: Make an appointment with your employee's doctor or occupational health practitioner for a check-up.
The doctor will complete the medical fitness form, sign and stamp the medical certificate.
Step 8: Your driver needs to have a police report and his fingerprints taken at a police station.
Your driver must take a report request form, which the licensing authority supplies. Once he's completed the form he should take it with when he visits the test centre.
Step 9: Your employee will be informed once the professional driving permit card is ready for collection, usually within eight to twelve weeks.
Proof of identification is required when collecting the permit. If his card isn't collected within 120 days, the department will destroy it.
Keep in mind that while the driving license cards are renewed every five years, a PrDP is valid for only two years. So make sure your driver applies to renew a PrDP before it expires, says the Health&Safety Advisor.
Remember, keeping your workers safe is your responsibility. This includes safety on the roads. So use these steps to help your company drivers hold valid Professional Driving Permits.