Driver CPC in the UK and Ireland
Sandy Arthur Training Services is fully approved by JAUPT and the RSA to carry out the new driver CPC training at locations across the UK and Ireland. Driver CPC is short for “Driver Certificate of Professional Competence”. The EU passed the Driver CPC EU Directive in 2003. This affects all professional LGV and PCV drivers. For new drivers it introduces a new initial qualification, the Driver CPC, which increases the level of knowledge that drivers need before they can drive.
LGV and PCV Drivers
All drivers have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC remains valid. This is known as Periodic Training.
If you are a current LGV and PCV licence holder you will be required to complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training in order to obtain a Driver qualification card to drive professionally.
On completion of 35 hours CPC training the DVLA will issue a Drivers Qualification card to demonstrate that the licence holder has completed all Modules of Driver CPC training.
This is an attendance based course only meaning there is NO TEST ... the only requirement is to attend 5 x 7 hour Modules to comply with the training requirement.
Why do drivers need this?
Periodic Training is designed to remind and revise existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient drivers.
This will also enable drivers to keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and to benefit from training throughout their whole career.
When did driver CPC come into effect?
For bus and coach drivers 10 September 2008
For lorry; and Van drivers (over 3.5 tons) 10 September 2009
Will drivers be able to drive professionally without their driver CPC qualification?
The simple answer is “No”, unless drivers are covered by one of the exemptions.
Reasons why this training should start today
Even if you already have your Driver Qualification Card and it is valid for another 5 years, it is in your best interest to keep up to date with this training by completing one 7hour module each year. If you do one module each year, your new card will then automatically be posted out to you before the current one expires!
Drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status while driving professionally. If they are found driving while not in possession of a DQC - they will be liable for penalties.
The Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. If the driver is driving in another EU country, they must still hold a valid Driver CPC, unless they have an exemption.
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