LTSA experience for colleagues from Georgia

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2019 07 22

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On 9–11 July, representatives of the Land Transport Agency (LTA) under Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia have visited Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration (LTSA) to learn about the country’s experience in setting up driver training programmes for company operators and drivers.

The aim of “TAIEX Study Visit on driver training programmes for company operators and drivers” was to provide practical advice to improve the working processes of the driver qualification center in Georgia. The Georgian participants have met LTSA’s experts and attended training facilities for drivers to discuss the management of the training process and the adoption of EU legislation and best practices.

During a three day visit LTSA’s experts have shared their knowledge on topics of Code 95 training for drivers, preparation of ADR specialist and drivers, examination system in Lithuania, key legislation framework, practical implementations and challenges with discussed procedures, future provisions and lessons learned in past.

Colleagues from Georgia have also visited training facilities in Vilnius where they had a chance to see daily certification and training procedures in practice. A brief exchange of experience and presented Lithuanian lessons have proved to be necessary for Georgian experts.

Visitors have expressed their gratitude for hosting the visit and marked key topics which will have to be focused in Georgia. An urgent need to develop suitable model for training of ADR specialist and drivers has been noted by Georgian experts. Discussion showed that current model of ADR training and examination also needs a change: responsibility of training and examination of ADR specialist and drivers is expected to be separated between different institutions with an ambition to include private sector.

Cooperation between LTSA and LTA has been continued for few years now. Back in 2017 in a similar format LTSA’s experts have shared their experience related to passenger’s transport regulations and operations.

Strengthening of international cooperation and development of bilateral and international projects has been a goal and a strategical point of LTSA which also reflects priorities of Government of the Republic of Lithuania and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event has been by the European Commission’s Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX), in cooperation with the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration.