Shunter Driver Training


Yard Shunter Driver Training: Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited have a team of experienced LGV driving instructors who have the skill to provide initial shunter training and refresher shunter training for companies who employ yard shunter truck drivers throughout the region of South Wales and South West England.

The shunter truck driver course is designed to provide non-HGV drivers with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to safely manoeuvre both articulated and rigid HGV trucks around a company’s private premises and adjoining private roads, but not on the public highway.

In general the shunter training courses are conducted on-site at the employers’ workplace with a maximum ratio of 3 drivers to 1 instructor using the shunter vehicle and trailers the drivers will be required to operate.

The yard shunter driving course will take place over a period of either 4 hours, 8 hours or 16 hours subject to the complexity of the task, driving experience of the individual and number of delegates attending.

Course Content:

The yard shunter driver course will start off with an element of classroom theory training. The training will cover extracts from the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, accident statistics, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Work Place Transport Safety, the effects of laden vehicles, adverse weather conditions, the dangers of reversing into buildings and confined spaces, defect reporting and end of shift procedures.

The practical training session for the yard shunter driver will include daily checks on the shunter vehicle and trailer, defect reporting, reversing of vehicles with trailers in a straight line, good side and blind side reversing as well as site specific reversing into buildings, onto loading bays or into a confined space.

The yard driver will be taught the correct safe procedures for the movement, coupling and uncoupling of the various types of trailers which are used on-site by the employer. The driver will also be made aware of the importance in the operation of trailer parking brakes, the associated risks when parking or maneuvering on slopes and the end of shift procedure.

Course Duration and Price Guide:

The shunter training cost will vary subject to the duration of the chosen course. The shunter training course duration will be over a period of either 4 hours (half day), 8 hours (one full day) or 16 hours (two days) depending on the complexity of the task, the individuals driving experience and number of delegates attending.

Shunter Driver Course (4 hours – half day) a short course ideal for:

Refresher training for shunter drivers who are already qualified (maximum 2)

Experienced car drivers employed to manoeuvre LGV C only (maximum 3)

Half day shunter training cost £225.00 plus VAT*

Shunter Driver Course (8 hours – 1 day) a full day suitable for:

Experienced LGV C shunter driver up-grading to LGV C+E (maximum 2)

Experienced car drivers who are already able to reverse trailers LGV C+E (maximum 2)

Unlicenced drivers new to driving for LGV C only (maximum 3)

One day shunter training cost £395.00 plus VAT*

Shunter Driver Course (16 hours – 2 days) highly recommended for:

Experienced car licence holders to manoeuvre LGV C+E (maximum 3)

Unlicenced drivers new to driving for manoeuvring LGV C+E (maximum 2)

Two day shunter training cost £750.00 plus VAT*

*Please note: The price quoted is for on-site shunter driver training, including all assessments and certificate of training. Additional instructor costs for daily travel will be charged at 45p per mile plus VAT (to and from the training site and CF14 5GH). Should training take place further than 50 miles from CF14 5GH then an additional cost of £75.00 per day plus VAT will be charged for overnight subsistence and accommodation.

How to book a course:

Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited are able to provide on-site shunter training courses 7 days a week and often at short notice. Should you require any further information or wish to make a booking please contact our admin team for future training dates.