The Minister for Infrastructure Deputy Eddie Noel presented six certificates of accreditation in disability awareness training this morning at HCT Group (LibertyBus) La Collette Depot, saying he was extremely pleased with the result.
Deputy Noel said; ‘This is a significant stepping stone for taxi/cab drivers on the island. I am glad to say that with this training, customers can rest assured that they or their loved ones are in safe hands.’
Earlier this year the Minister announced that Jersey Taxi Cab drivers were required to be accredited to carry individuals with a disability. LibertyBus is an authorised trainer in Jersey for disability awareness training within accessible taxis or private hire vehicles, and DVS are keen to encourage more PSV drivers to complete this training.
The course was extremely successful; with all eight drivers on this first course passing and receiving their accreditation (two drivers were not present to receive their certificates).
This means that each driver is now fully aware of the official way to safely carry individuals with a disability, having been assessed with wheelchair boarding, securing and disembarking their vehicle.
David Dore, Director and Driver, RedCabs said; ‘I found the training extremely useful, especially when showing us how to ensure the wheelchair is secure whilst boarding and in transit. I volunteered to sit in the wheelchair, and it was interesting to see how movement affects you and of course how it feels to rely on another individual to secure your journey. I considered the Wheelchair training to be extremely useful and we look forward to our other Taxi Drivers completing further courses provided by Liberty Bus / HCT Group"
The drivers now officially accredited are John Fernandes, Gary Richard, Colin Hughes, Melvyn Birch, Gerry Mynes, Fernando Vieira, David Dore and Erin Bisson.
Nikki Withe, HR & Training Manager, LibertyBus commented ‘The engagement on this session was brilliant. Some of the drivers had many years taxi/cab experience carrying passengers with disabilities, whereas for others it was their first training in a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV). The confidence in passengers and drivers will no doubt be much higher as they’ve now completed this necessary training. We hope to welcome many more drivers to the course over the coming months.’
Ian Campbell, Driver Trainer, LibertyBus said ‘I’m looking forward to delivering the next modules of this course, Transporting Children and Vulnerable Adults, Disability Awareness and Customer Service which will be available over the coming months. For any other individuals who would like to sign up to the course, details are available at our website under the training section.’
If you would like more information on how to sign up, or hear about training opportunities please call Nikki on 01534828568 or email firstname.lastname@example.org