An HGV instructor register is celebrating a “hugely successful” first year after attracting more than 540 members.

The National Register of HGV Instructors (NRI) launched in January 2017 and since then it has had over 20 exam centres approved and carried out 103 examinations.

It is committed to promoting higher standards of HGV instruction, boosting registered instructor numbers and helping improve the national pass rate for HGV vocational tests.

“The responses we have received from those newly qualified and experienced instructors following their examination has been extremely positive,” said Richard Brewer, NRI general manager.

“We are also pleased to see that the NRI standard is now being requested in tender documents for those requiring driver training.”

The NRI is operated by the RTITB and endorsed by the DVSA and was created to provide a single, national register for the industry following the decision to close the DVSA’s existing database.

However, within weeks of the announcement a National Vocational Driving Instructor Register was also launched. This is also now recognised by the DVSA.