Fareham coach firm gives driver training to all staff members

From left, training assistant Steve Uren, group training manager Ian Hills and training assistant Phil Berry from Lucketts Travel Group
From left, training assistant Steve Uren, group training manager Ian Hills and training assistant Phil Berry from Lucketts Travel Group
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A COACH company based in Fareham is maintaining pole position by training all of its staff

Hampshire firm Lucketts Travel Group is one of only two coach companies in the UK with its own training academy.

Now the firm says it has gone a step further and will be introducing advanced training across the group and not just to its coach drivers.

Training manager Ian Hills, who set up the academy, said: ‘Our training has always been well above the Driving Standards Agency test standard, and about five years ago we introduced the safe and fuel efficient driving course into our academy.

‘We are now introducing Smith System training, which teaches drivers about how to drive safely and efficiently, how to reduce emissions and how to give a smoother journey for our customers.

‘It is an advanced driver training course but, crucially, it teaches the drivers to understand why it is important to drive this way and how to respond to changing conditions as increasing numbers of cars and other vehicles take to the road.’

Ian gave the first training to Lucketts Travel Group drivers on October 27, and plans to extend the training to the company’s directors, sales staff and engineers – anyone who needs to understand how the coach is driven.

He added: ‘The aim is that, with the Smith System training you would be able to put two coaches side by side and see immediately which one is being driven by 
an advanced driver – it will 
be that obvious to our customers.

‘By investing in this training our emissions will be reduced, wear and tear will be kept to a minimum, and our customers should have the most comfortable journey possible.’

Lucketts Travel Group takes people without a coach licence and trains them to be qualified drivers.

Lucketts’ new drivers will be trained in the advanced course, but not until three to six months after completing their initial training.