A team of dedicated drivers

AFTER 12 years – eight of them as a part-time operation – a WA-based driver training and transport management company is starting its international expansion.

Driver Training & Education Centre is opening an office in Dubai and is weeks away from fininshing an interactive CD-ROM it hopes to distribute internationally. Next year it will be opening an office in Sydney.

Driver Training & Education Centre counts the Royal Australian Navy, Schlumberger Oil Field Services, US-based oil company Haliburton and Woodside among its clients.

Indeed the company’s contracts with the likes of Schlumberger and Haliburton already require it to operate internationally.

The company offers a fleet management service that begins with an assessment of the client’s risk regarding its vehicle fleet.

While most of its training is carried out on site, the company runs what it claims is WA’s only dedicated driver training facility, near the Wanneroo International Kartway. It also has a four-wheel drive training facility in the Chittering Valley.

DTEC business development manager Simon Williams said the company had two objectives – to expand globally and to consolidate its local operations.

“The Middle and Far East will be our first targets, followed by Europe, Africa and North and South America,” he said.

“On the home front we want to find better ways of servicing our local clients.”

Mr Williams said in most cases clients had plans in place to minimise vehicle risks.

“We come up with ways to close those gaps, and driver training is part of that,” he said.

“Our training emphasis depends on whether skills or attitude improvement is needed.

“In Australia, driver skills are usually pretty good and our training is more concerned about their attitudes – getting drivers to think about the consequences of their actions.

“But in countries such as Indonesia, driver skills are more of a problem.”

The company is a quality endorsed training organisation and, as such, can tailor-make training packages to suit its clients.

It offers a range of courses, from half-day through to three-week long training sessions.

The company has 30 instructors and a full-time curriculum development officer on staff.

“We do everything from motorcycles through to heavy rigid vehicles,” Mr Williams said.

“We do dangerous goods-handling courses. A big part of that is what goods you can carry with what vehicles and through what routes.”

The company even runs half-day to three-day defensive driving courses at its Wanneroo facility, using modified Toyota Camrys.

The Camrys are fitted with a four-wheeled frame that can be used to simulate driving in wet or slippery conditions. The frame lifts the car hydraulically to minimise the contact its wheels have with the road.

“The idea is to create a lack of control within a controlled environment,” Mr Williams said.

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