Setting up a Road Transport Business
This section examines what the candidate needs to know prior to setting up a transport business - marketing, developing a business plan, decision-making factors, financial considerations, business ownership, obligations upon transport operators and consequences of bankruptcy.
Access to the Road Haulage Market
Covers the legal requirements of setting up a business, and getting access to the road haulage market. The issues of professional competence, good repute and financial standing are covered so that candidates are aware of what is required by law when applying for a Road Transport Operators Licence. Community Authorisations and bi-lateral permits are also covered which meet the legal obligation for carrying out operations in the EU and beyond.
Transport Operations Management
This section introduces the candidates to the main issues in managing a road haulage business: distribution management, logistics, selecting the vehicles, fleet management, insurances, documentation for the driver, vehicles and particular loads, the role of information technology in transport, organisation of work, operating efficiency and fuel economy, etc.
Provides students with the main financial information required when setting up and running a business. It also covers basic accounting information such as keeping accounts, balance sheets, financial analysis, depreciation, costings, pricing, cost allocation, budgeting and managing cash flow. Other areas covered include, road user charges, methods of payment, renting, and factoring. There is also a section covering invoicing and "incoterms", fares and pricing.
Civil, Commercial and Social Legislation
Focuses on the social issues concerned with road transport. Areas covered include employers' social security obligations, work contracts, obligations of the parties, working conditions and working hours, paid leave, remuneration, breach of contract, working time directive, main types of contract used in road transport, conditions of carriage, contract, agency and carriers liability, employment health & safety legislation, driver qualifications, compliance with traffic regulations, compensation for loss or damage to goods, etc.
Conventions and Documentation
This section examines the various conventions and documents in use in transport in passenger operations in Ireland and abroad. Areas covered include: CMR Convention, Carnet de Passage en Douane and other Customs documentation, transit agreements and road user charges.
Route Planning and Road Safety
Examines the importance of safety in transport and covers the legal requirement under the tachograph regulations for driving hours and rest periods, and tachograph record keeping. It also examines the requirements for route planning especially when undertaking an international journey.
This section deals with the EU Legislation on the common rules or standards in operating vehicles in Europe. Areas covered include: EU type approval, vehicle weights, dimensions and design, abnormal loads, special permits and vehicle testing, technical standards, vehicle selection, loading and unloading, cargo-handling and loading devices, noise and air pollution, drawing up periodic maintenance plans, compliance with the safety requirements, vehicle maintenance, and the carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR).