Driver CPC training

What is the Driver CPC?

The European Union has introduced new legislation called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC), stating that all professional LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) drivers are required to complete 35 hours of periodic training by 10 September 2014.

The legislation affects nearly all professional drivers of trucks (3.501 tonnes gross vehicle weight and above) and their employers. This means not only newly-qualified truck drivers but also all of the estimated 430,000 existing truck drivers in the UK.

Training matters

Driver CPC

Two distinct types of training are demanded by the legislation: “initial” and “periodic”. Drivers acquiring LGV vocational entitlement (C1, C1+E,C or C+E licence) after 10 September 2009 need an initial Driver CPC in addition to their licence to drive professionally within the law.

Drivers already holding a vocational licence on 10 September 2009 have until 2014 to complete the 35 hours periodic Driver CPC training. Drivers will then need to complete a total of 35 hours periodic training every further five years to keep their Driver CPC valid. However, this is required only for drivers using their licences professionally.

Similar rules also apply to drivers of PCVs (Passenger Carrying Vehicles), with the deadline for completion of the training one year earlier, in 2013. For PCV drivers, it affects holders of a D1, D1+E, D, D+E licence.

For more information on the Driver CPC legislation, download our free ‘What you need to know’ guidebook by clicking here.

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