18. March 2009

Further training

The Tramway Museum's buses, of which the oldest registered and roadworthy vehicle is from 1933 and the youngest from 1993, have to be looked after. We drive some trips in the vicinity of the museum, and otherwise a lot of long tours right across Sealand.

Our buses are used for commercial passenger transport, so all of the museum's bus drivers have to be up to date with the latest legal requirements.

In September 2008, the EU introduced new training standards for bus drivers and CPD for existing drivers. Consequently, all of the museum's drivers must take the new EU bus driver training course by the end of 2014. Some drivers can take the course at their employers, but 13 of the museum's volunteer drivers chose in 2009 to take up a good offer from the Tramway Museum and the Danish Education Centre in Brøndby to acquire the new driver's certificate, which is the size of a driver's licence and equipped with a photograph. Like the bus driver's licence, this certificate must be renewed every fifth year.

As a result, the museum's drivers will be very well prepared to look after both the passengers and the museum's old buses.

The EU bus driver's training course covers driving/rest time provisions, elementary fire-fighting, economic vehicle running, first aid and a whole day of technical instruction. On Sunday 15 March we visited FDM's test track in Tune and drove various buses. One of the exercises was to drive up a very steep, slippery hill; it was difficult to get up it, but everyone succeeded. There were also exercises in straightening up the bus after a violent swerve, with some of the bus's wheels running on slippery surfaces and the others on a dry road. Avoidance manoeuvres, emergency braking, braking on slippery roads, driving on slippery curves and other relevant techniques were also thoroughly practised.