By Mick Jensen
Ealing-based driving school instructor Christine Jones is now offering dangerous goods endorsement courses in Ashburton, saving chemical handlers a trip to Timaru or Christchurch.
She is the only Land Transport accredited provider living in Mid Canterbury and a 20-year veteran of driver training.
Mrs Jones said she had recently re-validated her dangerous goods endorsement ticket, having first been assessed for it in 2002.
She had been an industry assessor and approved course provider since that time and had also enjoyed a two-year stint driving trucks in the USA.
She said there was a real demand for the dangerous goods endorsement certificate these days because everyone, from truck drivers through to couriers and farmers, needed it if they were transporting 50 litres or more of chemicals.
Chemical carriers needed to renew their certificate every five years, she said.
Mrs Jones, who runs CJ’s Driving School, will offer the endorsement theory course on Fridays from a room at Community House Mid Canterbury.
She has already delivered the course to staff from one local business.
She has been a heavy vehicle course instructor at the YMCA, Aoraki Polytechnic and also worked for Fire and Safety Training in Timaru and also offers Class 2 and 4 truck licence training, on-site forklift training and defensive driving.