Driver CPC Requirements

Driver CPC Requirments

As of 10 September 2014,  ALL professional drivers who drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes professionally must be Driver CPC trained and in possession of a Driver Qualification Card, BY LAW.  To gain the CPC qualification, new drivers must have successfully completed the Initial Driver CPC and existing licence holders must complete a total of 35 hours of periodic training within a 5 year period (i.e. 5 x 7hr courses).

Some facts to help you:

Why was Driver CPC Introduced?

Driver CPC legislation has been designed to help improve the skills and knowledge of all professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout the UK.The main aim behind Driver CPC is to improve road safety; providing better qualified drivers to help reduce road casualties and improve the professional and positive image of drivers.,

What is involved?

The legislation is in two parts:

  • Initial Qualification: this must be achieved by new LGV and PCV drivers, in addition to their vocational licence, before they will be able to drive professionally.
  • Periodic Training: all professional drivers must complete 35 hours of training every five years.

Do all drivers have to undertake Driver CPC training?

Both new and existing professional/vocational bus, coach and lorry drivers must complete a total of 35 hours Periodic Training within the 5 years following their previous completion date or initial Driver CPC to keep their Driver CPC valid. This is only required if the driver is using their licence professionally. The Driver CPC qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers - the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is LAW in the UK now. In future, just holding a vocational driving licence will not be sufficient for someone who wishes to drive these vehicles for a living.

The Driver Vehicle Services Agency is taking the lead in implementing EU Directive 2003/59, which requires all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers to hold a Driver CPC in addition to their vocational driving licence.

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