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Motor Vehicle students welcome police officer as industry expert

Mar 20, 2019

Motor Vehicle students welcome police officer as industry expert

Motor Vehicle students had a visit from a police officer on Thursday (March 14), who talked about to them about the law relating to cars and mopeds.

PC Tristan Barnett from the Epsom and Ewell Central Neighbourhood Policing Team spoke to the Level 1 and Level 2 students about how legislation will affect their future careers.

This includes their responsibilities as MOT testers or mechanics, such as checking that licence plates conform to DVLA standards, as well as ensuring that vehicles are safe to be on the road.

He also spoke to them about their personal responsibilities as drivers, including clarifying the law around insurance and when insurance for business use is required.

“The students learnt a lot, so we’re very grateful to PC Barnett for giving up his time to come and speak to them,” said Neil Ward, Curriculum and Standards Coordinator for Motor Vehicle.

“We work hard to arrange visiting speakers, because we know how much the students benefit from having a diverse range of experts that they can learn from.”

As well as explaining the law, PC Barnett answered questions on subjects ranging from vehicle modifications to careers in the police service.

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting the students,” he said. “They had some interesting questions, and hopefully what they learnt today will be useful in their jobs and their day-to-day lives.

“As police officers we enjoy the opportunity to get out into the community and help people to understand our role and how we can work with them.”

Level 2 student Alex is hoping to become a mechanic in the future, and asked PC Barnett questions about vehicles being roadworthy.

“I was really interested in what he was explaining about vehicle modifications,” said Alex, who is hoping to do an apprenticeship next year.

“It made me think about what our responsibilities will be in the future when we are doing people’s car repairs and MOTs.”

Nescot offers Motor Vehicle qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2, as well as a Level 3 apprenticeship.

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