DRIVERS SAFETY

Empresa Autocares Barcelona

Avant Grup Driver’s Safety

 

Avant Grup trusts his fleet to our team of professional because the are greatly prepared and posses a wide experience. The selection, training, and follow up of or staff grant our customers the peace of mind of being in the best of hands.

Safe driving is or number one priority. We train our drivers in the most updated regulations, and how to follow them, on: circulation, passenger transportation, driving times, and the use of the newest safety features in the vehicles for a better transportation experience.

Our drivers and customers’ safety is our main concern.


REGULATION


Driving times


After a four and a half hours of driving, the driver will take an uninterrupted pause of, at least, 45 minutes, unless he/she takes a break.

Such break can be changed for a pause of, at least, 15 minutes followed by a pause of, at least, 30 minutes. Both of them made during a 4 and a half hour driving period.

The maximum daily driving time can not exceed 9 hours. But, twice a week such driving period of time can be extended to 10 hours.

The weekly driving time will not exceed 56 hours (this weekly period of time is the one between Monday at 00:00 and Sunday at 24:00).

The driving time for a 2 consecutive weeks can not exceed 90 hours.

Given this, if in a week 56 hours are driven (maximum allowed), in the following week the same driver will only be allowed to drive for a maximum of 34. This will ensure the respect for the maximum of 90 hours of fortnightly driving.


Driving Staff Rest


In the following 24 hours after the end of their previous resting period (daily or weekly), the drivers will have to take a new daily break.

Such rests can be regular or reduced ones.

  • Daily regular rest period: any time period over 11 consecutive hours.

Alternatively the daily rest period can be split as follows: one uninterrupted rest of at least 3 hours, and a second one of at least 9 uninterrupted rest hours.

  • Reduced daily rest period: any time period over 9 consecutive hours, but under 11 hours.

Drivers can’t take more than three reduced daily rest periods between two weekly rest periods.

In case of teams of drivers for a coach, all the team members must have taken an uninterrupted break of at least 9 hours after their last 30 hours of service. It doesn’t matter if their last service was a daily or a weekly one.

The regular daily breaks of drivers accompanying a vehicle transported by a ferry or train may be interrupted up to two times a day, in order to provide other services as long as those services don’t exceed a duration of one hour. For the daily rest time the driver will be provided with a bed or a bunk.


A weekly rest period hast to begin before six consecutive 24-hour-workdays have finished since the last weekly rest period ended.

Such rest periods can be regulars or reduced.

Weekly regular rest period: any time period over 45 consecutive hours.

Reduced weekly break period: any uninterrupted break under 45 hours that can be reduced down to a minimum of 24 consecutive hours.

Every two consecutive weeks the driver shall take at least:

  • two regular weekly breaks, or
  • a regular weekly break and a reduced weekly break of at least 24 consecutive hours. Nonetheless, this reduction will be compensated with the remaining hours being taken before, and uninterruptedly, the ending of the following third week.

These compensative breaks will be taken with an extra rest period of at least 9 uninterrupted hours.

Whenever the driver chooses to do so, these reduced daily and weekly breaks while away of the company’s premises will take place in the vehicle as long as these are properly equipped for resting, and the vehicle is parked.

As an exception a regular weekly rest period can be postponed for 12 consecutive 24-hour periods, after a previous regular weekly break, as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • At least 24 consecutive hours of duty have to take place in an European Member country or a third party country, different from that in which the duty began, in which the same regulations are applied.
  • After this exception is applied, the driver has to take: Two regular weekly break periods or a reduced weekly break of at least 24 consecutive hours. Nonetheless, this reduction will be compensated with an equivalent rest period that will be taken before the ending of the following third week of the exception period.


Our implantation processes

CONTINUOUS TRAINING

Our staff training plans —either if they are drivers or technical staff— allows them to improve their knowledge and abilities.
Due to our continuous improvement systems we detect our technicians and drivers training needs. This allows us to design training strategies to ensure the professional development and proper qualification of our staff as well as to ensure the best quality in our service.
Our drivers training program is especially oriented towards a safe driving and a continuous adaptation to the new safety equipment as well as all new international regulations regarding driving and rest times.

CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE - CPC

It is a new training, which is mandatory for all professional coach drivers. It is different from the one required in order to get the coach driving license.
The goals for this new training are:
• Improve the safety on the roads, even while the vehicle is parked.
• Make the drivers be ready to respond to the new needs originated by the evolution of the road transportation sector.



Our driver’s manuals and instructions

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Breakdown – Crash Protocol

 

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