What is CODA Castle’s Online Driver Assessment?

This online tool enables schools to assess their drivers online and offer additional online training to be continually supporting and improve driver’s skills.

It takes around 20-25 minutes for drivers to complete, and you are given an immediate low, medium or high risk (green, amber, red) in four areas. Following your assessment, you are sent four training modules to complete in your own time – depending on the scores of your assessment. Your results and progress show on a dashboard that Castle personalises for your school with your logo and any driver policies you want to be added. Once your dashboard is set up you just need to purchase codes from Castle that you email to your drivers for them to get started with their assessments.  You can add and remove drivers as your staff come and go.

Is the system reliable and accurate?

The platform is provided by e-Training World and sales and marketing director Jonathan Mosley worked closely with Castle create a minibus specific training module. This platform has been around for 15 years and it’s a market-leading platform used widely within the fleet industry. Companies like QB Insurance, The Post Office, G4S Security, Northgate Vehicle Hire, Argos and the North East Ambulance Service are all examples of companies who use this platform.

It’s one of the award-winning platforms within the sector.

In terms of how much you can rely on an online assessment compared to an in-vehicle assessment, E-Training World’s background as a provider is actually in in-vehicle driver training. So, they’ve built this system based on the 4 principles that you would use to actually assess someone in a vehicle – they’ve simply placed it online.

Those areas are looking at the drivers’:

  • Attitude
  • Knowledge
  • Concentration and Observation Skills
  • Hazard Perception Skills.

Jonathan Mosley comments that “I think one of the telltale signs of how accurately it does measure risk is that ADI’s approved driving instructors across the UK always speak very highly of this system. It really does pinpoint risk levels very precisely indeed”.

Why is it important for schools to risk assess their drivers?  

At the end of the day, teaching staff are driving minibuses with young people in, these are the children of families who have entrusted the school with their sons and daughters during the day. You want to be sure that if they’re on a school trip of any kind, whether it’s just going down to a local school to play sport, or heading off to the theatre somewhere, you want to be sure that that vehicle is being driven safely.

It’s a really important area for schools to now risk assess their drivers to make sure they understand who are the good and bad drivers and to take appropriate action through modular training to make them as safe as possible. We think that’s a really important message, both for the school, that they want to be safe, and for the parents as well to know that while their children are at school and being driven they can trust that it’s being done as safely as possible.

Try a demo of CODA by clicking here and get in touch with our friendly compliance team who will help you with any questions and get you started.