As the transportation industry is highly regulated and even more so in recent years due to safety and compliance concerns, it is important for operators to undergo regular training to make sure that they can keep up with the ever-changing laws and regulations. That is why Operator Licence Awareness Training (OLAT) has been developed in the UK to ensure all operators are up to date and compliant with the current regulations – whether they are a driver, fleet managers, or operator licence holders.
For those unfamiliar with OLAT, this article will provide an in-depth look at why it is important, what it covers, and how it can be undertaken in the UK. It will also explore some of the common questions that arise, along with the answers, so you can make sure that you and your business are fully compliant.
What Is OLAT and What Does It Cover?
OLAT is a form of specialist training designed to help transport operators understand the latest regulations, policies, and procedures associated with their licence (or licence application) and the roles they undertake in their business. The training is regularly updated to ensure that operators and managers are kept up-to-date and well-informed in all matters of compliance. OLAT is relevant to all operators, but particularly to those wishing to apply for and/or maintain an Operator Licence, as it covers any changes to the law that may impact licence management and is designed to ensure a full understanding of the legislative requirements for an operator licence.
It covers five main areas: the Operator Licence system, understanding the recent changes to legislation, Good Repute, Safety Critical training, and Compliance Management. These areas are designed to give operators a comprehensive grasp of the licence requirements and applicable laws and regulations, as well as an understanding of the road safety and enforcement systems, and the legal consequences of any infringements or non-compliances.
Where Does OLAT Take Place and Who Can Take Part?
OLAT courses take place at approved training centres across the UK, and can also be undertaken online from the comfort of your own home. The courses are open to the general public but may be subject to certain eligibility or qualification requirements. Typically, the courses are divided into introductory and refresher courses, so it is advisable to first determine which type, of course, best suits your needs before enrolling.
OLAT can also be adapted to suit your particular requirements by providers, who can construct bespoke courses designed to cover the key elements pertinent to your business, such as tachograph and driver’s hours, insurance regulations, maintenance and repair, vehicle loading and balance, operational hubs, etc.
Conclusion & Summary
Operator Licence Awareness Training (OLAT) is essential for operators and other professionals in the transportation industry to maintain and update their understanding of the current laws and regulations. It is also mandatory in the UK for operators to have successfully completed one of the approved OLAT courses in order to stay compliant with their legal obligations.
OLAT covers five main topics: the Operator Licence system, recent changes to legislation, Good Repute, Safety Critical training, and Compliance Management. It is available at training centres across the UK and can also be undertaken online.
In summary, OLAT is an important and compliance-ensuring course that is required to maintain an operator licence. It ensures that all operators across the country understand their legal obligations and are up to date with any changes to the law so that they can ensure smooth and safe operations of their businesses.
Enrol in our OLAT course and enjoy complete peace of mind in the transport industry. Don’t wait another day – take action now for full compliance in your transport business!