Blog is back

 The return of the Blog

For one reason or another we haven’t put a blog out for a while. I’m going to have to say it’s because we’ve been too busy, which wouldn’t be a lie. We’ve just had the busiest and most exciting 12 months of our trading history as it happens and it’s not looking like it’s going to slow down any time soon, which is good news for us, (not so good if you’re a competitor).

Last year saw Parrot Car & LGV Training achieve the much coveted BS EN ISO 9001:2008 accreditation and we are already working towards BS EN ISO 9001:2015. It was also the year we saw our Facebook site expand at a phenomenal rate and currently has over 7500 fans. Once again, brilliant news for us, not so great if you’re “one of the others…”

So, what’s in store for Parrot Car & LGV Training in 2016?

There are definitely going to be more additions to our fleet of vehicles, currently we have four trucks and plan to put at least another two on the road by summertime. We are going to continue with purchasing full size, manual ex-industry DAF trucks, they have proven their reliability and economy over last couple of years and the feedback we get off you lot is always positive so we won’t try to fix something that isn’t broken.

We’re also currently in the process of expanding our private training area so we can accommodate two full size manoeuvring areas with a view to running DVSA tests from our site, this we hope will be in place by early 2017.

If that wasn’t enough, we’re also permanently striving to keep our costs as low as possible, so you, the end user get the very best quality and value for your training. Please follow our blog and Facebook for more news during 2016.

Many thanks one and all

Duncan

Bank Holiday, Driver Training News and of course… Manic Miner.

Blog 2. Two bank holidays close together and it’s almost warm and sunny. I say almost, because as per British weather it’s a bit “all over the place”.  At the minute it’s all I can seem to focus on, spring has landed, or at least that’s what the plants in the front garden are indicating. I’m not convinced though,  one minute it’s really warm and sunny and everyone is in a great mood,  life is brilliant and free love reigns,  then all of a sudden the central heating’s back on, it’s pelting it down and everyone isn’t in a great mood anymore, life is a pain in the backside and you have to start paying for love.

I digress, this blog (I am constantly being reminded) is meant to be relative to driver training and the industry, so here’s the news. You can’t take your theory test in a foreign language anymore, and you can now pass your test in an automatic truck and retain a manual licence. Wow. Edge of your seat stuff. Oh, I almost forgot, the DSA has merged with VOSA and are now called (ingeniously) DVSA.

We’re still waiting on news about Hull test centre, (the one that closed down because it was too dusty) and for the time being at least tests will continue to be carried out at Craven Park, the home of HKR. Great if you’re a Robins supporter, not so great I am told if you are an Earlie Bird. I don’t follow Rugby in particular so I’m not entirlely sure on how accurate/relevant the last statement is.  The solution seems fairly obvious to me anyway, why don’t we have two test centres? Hull is big city and with typical waiting period for tests being 6-8 weeks (someone should maybe mention to the DVSA that we now live in 21st century?) perhaps we could have one test centre in East Hull and one in West Hull.  Hull is a city of two halves anyway with the River Hull carving it’s way majestically through the town centre and it would make more sense to have two centres, with a wait of upto 8 weeks for a test I think a 2nd test centre is justified.  I am however using common sense, something that is increasingly uncommon nowadays sadly.

Did anyone look up Manic Miner? (read the last blog) I am within an inch of buying a Commodore 64 just so I can relive the 80’s. It must have been a good game, I can still remember the theme tune (who wouldn’t) although it did spark controversy in the pub the other night because someone mentioned that they thought Jet Set Willy was a better game. I’ll be honest, I’d completely forgotten about JSW and how good it was, but I can’t remember the theme music so on that basis alone it can’t have been as good.  Another cracker was Codename Droid for the BBC/Acorn….. can’t remember if that even had a theme tune, so that won’t score either.

Well that’s about it from me for now, in the next blog I’ll try and be more interesting.

 

Duncan.