OTP Machine Controller - Highway Permissible Vehicle (MC HPV)

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide delegates with the skills and underpinning knowledge required to undertake Machine Controller Highway Permissible Vehicle duties.


Who Is The Course Suitable For?

This module is designed to train persons who are responsible for undertaking Machine Controller Highway Permissible Vehicle duties on the Network Rail Infrastructure.

Price: 355.00
Duration: 1 day
Certification: Sentinel
Maximum candidates: 4

Course Objectives

It is designed to develop a person’s knowledge, understanding and skills and is aimed at persons required to prove their competence in these areas.

At the end of the training the delegate will be able to:

  • Describe how Highway Permissible Vehicle is designed to function under normal operating conditions
  • Describe what equipment documentation and checks required to comply with the relevant rules and regulations

Describe what preparatory checks need to be completed on the machine including:

  • Pre-start checks/maintenance are complete/documented
  • Machine Controller’s checklist is completed
  • Brakes are operational and fit for purpose
  • Emergency protection equipment is available
  • Briefly describe the main functions of all relevant controls available to the Highway Permissible Vehicle Driver/Operator, especially those which may also be used by the Machine Controller in an emergency
  • Avoid the Highway Permissible Vehicle being placed in an un-braked condition
  • Demonstrate their ability to read a work plan and communicate its content effectively
  • Control the movement of the Highway Permissible Vehicle taking into account: Status of the infrastructure – Condition of the track, Position and type of points, Obstructions caused by infrastructure equipment/structures and/or other work, How to establish the extent of the movement  
  • Where the movements are – Towing, Propelling
  • What information needs to be given to the Driver/Operator and how to confirm the Driver/Operator understands the extent of the movement
  • Whilst authorising a movement of the Highway Permissible Vehicle the delegate should be able to explain how they would take account of:
  • Worksites and people working in the immediate area
  • Other machines working adjacent to the machine being operated
  • Obstructions caused by infrastructure equipment/structures and/or other work
  • Level crossings
  • Other lines open to traffic
  • Passengers on platforms


Additional Information

Candidates must hold current and valid OTP Core Competence.

Available Dates:

We do not currently have scheduled dates for this course. If you would like to enquire about future dates please complete the enquiry form on this page or call 01357 440222. We will always try to meet our customers' needs and schedule courses to suit whenever we can.


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