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Driver CPC: the basics
Driver CPC stands for 'Certificate of Professional Competence'. This is to ensure that bus, coach and lorry drivers are continually kept abreast UK safety on and off the road and carries on throughout your driving career.
Quick Reference to types of Haulage Vehicles
Articulated Lorries (Artics) are the main vehicle category to transport goods by road. This combines a tractor unit with a trailer using a turn-table device. Artics have different types of trailers some of the most common are listed below:
- Flatbed trailer - Most versatile and can be used for almost any kind of cargo one disadvantage is that the goods need to be protected from the elements and theft.
- Tilt trailer - Similar to the flat bed trailer, but with a removable canopy.
- Curtain-sider - Most common vehicle for road haulage and comes with a rigid roof and rear doors. The sides are PVC curtains that can be drawn back for easy loading and unloading.
- Box trailer - Boxed rigid unit, with loading through back doors. A must for long haulage or for valuable goods.
- Road train - a rigid vehicle at the front, which pulls a trailer behind it.
- Swap-body system -Not common and have designed to accommodate standard cargo containers.
- Low-loaders - Can be used for transporting heavy machinery and other outsize goods. Set low to the ground for easy loading.
SOME TECHNICAL TERMS EXPLAINED
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT
The total weight transmitted to the road by all the wheels on one axle.
The weight of a vehicle and its load.
The weight of a vehicle, a trailer and its load. PLATED WEIGHT
Either the design weight limit given on a manufacturer’s plate or the legal weight limit given on the Department’s plate
Any vehicle drawn by a motor vehicle.
A trailer pulled by a rigid vehicle.
A trailer forming part of an articulated vehicle.
A tractor unit with a semi-trailer attached where part of the load is borne by the drawing vehicle.