Belt Up reach 10 years of trading in Bristol, Bath and Frome

Belt Up School of Motoring, the local driving school, based in Paulton celebrated their 10th anniversary of trading this week. Josef Harle, company director and founder started the business as a one driving instructor school. As the good reputation spread about the fantastic service and high pass rates, Josef had no choice but to expand the business by taking on another driving instructor. Over the years, instructors have come and gone and Josef has trained several instructors to the high standards he, himself delivers. Today, the school boasts professional office premises in the Somer Valley Enterprise park which is the old Focus DIY head quarters offices and there are now several local driving instructors working under the Belt Up learner roof box. Covering areas from South Bristol to Wells and Westbury to Bath with villages in between, they hold driving lessons for pre 17year olds on their off road facility in Paulton, where 13-16 year olds can take to the wheel of real cars on real tarmac on the ‘Belt Up Young Drivers experience’. Apart from the usual driving school activities of helping provisional licence holders reach their goal of passing their driving test, Belt Up also train drivers for the car and trailer test. This is a fairly new test whereby any driver who passed their car driving test after January 1997 must take additional DSA tests in order to tow caravans, horse trailers and larger trailers behind their vehicle.

Belt Up School of Motoring are constantly engaging with their instructors and encourage further training at every opportunity. Many of the Belt Up team are on the DSA fleet driver trainer register. This enables our instructors to deliver Health and Safety driver risk assessments for company drivers. The ‘Enterprise Solutions’ division of the company delivers this certification and many local firms have benefitted from the advice given.

All lorry and Coach drivers must complete 35 hours of DCPC per 5 year peiod

The newest venture for Belt Up School of Motoring is one of a passion for Josef Harle. He holds current LGV driving licences for rigid and also artic Lorries. It has always been an ambition of his to get lorry training onto the driving school and what better time than at a 10 year anniversary? Belt Up School of Motoring is proud to announce that they are now accredited to deliver driver CPC from their training venue at the office site. The driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a mandatory training programme for ALL lorry, bus and coach drivers. Each driver must complete 35 hours of training within a 5 year period in order to maintain their professional driving licence. The deadline for completion by coach and bus drivers has passed on the 10th September 2013. Lorry drivers have less than 12 months to complete their 35 hours training as their deadline is 10th September 2014.

At Belt Up School of Motoring, we pride ourselves on delivering quality training. That’s why we’ve combined our knowledge and expertise with CPC and practical driver trainers LGS Transport Training Ltd of Frome and are accredited to deliver their 5 relevant Driver CPC modules. Each module counts as 7 hours of training towards driver CPC.

Accredited by LGS of Frome to deliver DCPC

Modules include:

• Drive to Survive

• Adverse Weather and Fuel Saving

• Vehicle Checks, Safe Loading and Driving Hours

• Urban Driving Techniques

• Staying Alive

These modules are offered by Belt up as classroom training at our premises in Paulton. A block of 5 modules (at 7 hours each, completing the mandated 35 hours for CPC) and can be completed over one week (Monday to Friday), with a different module being scheduled each day, subject to class size. Alternatively, the modules can be completed on a daily training basis as candidates are available, normally held on a weekend day.

To find out more about any of the courses offered by Belt Up School of Motoring including the driver CPC, call 08450950495 or email