I think it is becoming pretty normal as it helps to justify the existence of MT licensing and most people who need to use the system can skive off their day jobs to do it (or, to be fair, doing it is PART of their day jobs)
No, it’s not normal. You have been to the DST, you have passed a lawful test by approved DSA examiners, all you need is an MT600 issuing (maybe a local famil regarding your local station MT yard which you may never ever use, but they have an obligation to train you so if you attend any MT yard they are the same). They have ZERO examining qualifications to be able to determine if you are a suitable license holder. All they can possibly do is conduct a famil exerise on a vehicle, as they are competent license holders, but they cannot justify a two-day course to do that and in doing so they are burdoning the public purse. Tast your WExO to take on the issue - that’s what they are paid to do.
2 day course? They’re talking out of their chocolate starfish - all you should need to do is present yourself with appropriate licences, recent print from the DVLA of endorsements or lack of, provisional FMT600 and reading glasses (if your need them); read local orders and Bob’s your auntie. Sounds like a local empire builder…
Pragmatic approach by Station MTs. No names, but I’ve access to three stations, all three have a different approach.
Station A. Half day, checking licence details, points on licence, do tick-test, etc, followed by 1hr-ish drive around the local area, town/counrty driving, driving skills including reversing into parking space.
Station B. Attend station, show licence and proof you have done tick-test, fill out paperwork, have it recorded and leave.
Station C. Send details of licence and proff that you hold on another station. No need to attend.
If you hold a driving licence and have the groups on it for the vehicle, why do you need to do anything, other than a basic famil like if you hire a vehicle, to know which is the indicator, light switch, washer top up etc etc?
I’ve had many hire cars and vans to 3½ tons at work for business and minibuses for cadets other than a sit in famil and licence check (work have a copy of my licence), I’ve never had to do a drive around.
When I’ve been on cadet camps I’ve had to drive around the station, which has been like a broken pencil.
To be honest I cannot understand the need to drive every vehicle (ie why if I fam on a car can I only drive a car, if the DVLA say I can drive a van, or half and half why do I need a new fam on those?) but understand the logic of the “theory” side of the day.
If the DVLA say I can drive it, no one else (other than insurance* I guess) cansay I can’t. but the paperwork to sign out the MOD Stores, in this case a vehicles, that is useful.
The various forms and papers that go with it, if only 90% forgotten three years later is useful to have in the back of the mind what is needed and what to do for X, before Y and after Z
*I guess this is where the issue is. As it is MOD “insurance” the fam-drive is the check of competency, much like a WHT or check flight. A F7257 maybe held with years of experience using a No8, or pilot log massing to 200+ hours but a WHT is still needed 6 monthly and check flights required 24 monthly…a fam-drive is proving the ticket held is still valid.
I don’t want a road roller! Yes, that requires specialist knowledge in addition to the standard car license. What I want is a minibus, and I already spent a week becoming perfectly familiar driving a service minibus around the backstreets of Hull…
Afraid your slightly out
A hire company WILL hire you any item of roller / excavator most are used on building sites where they don’t need a licence officially although recommended to have had a training course.
Anyhow the main issue is if you are giving people company vehicles on company insurance they company need to carry out due diligence and check competence. Most employers will ask you to either fill a questionnaire and send in a copy of your licence every year to HR, others will sign up to an outside firm that will do it for them and then alert them to changes in your driving status. In the MOD they use the FMT600 as the checking system and the MT department then has ownership of it.
I recently had a hire courtesy car and they didn’t require to see me licence only that i had insurance