Driver CPC Legislation
When Did It Start?
As of the 10th September 2009, all newly qualified HGV drivers who wish to drive professionally will require a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) as per EU Directive 2003/59. As of this date, it is a legal requirement to hold, and undergo continual training in order to hold a Driver CPC. You will need both a HGV driving licence and a Driver CPC in order to drive professionally for a living.
Bus and coach drivers are subject to this as of 10th September 2008.
The purpose of the Driver CPC is to improve road safety. It is a European Directive so it will be rolled out throughout Europe, subjecting the majority of European truck, coach and bus drivers to follow the same requirements.
A side benefit is that it will also help to improve the professionalism of the industry, and thus the perception of the industry by third parties.
How Often Do I Need To Train?
In order to maintain your Driver CPC qualification, all category C and D licence holders (including C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1 and D1+E) will be required to undertake 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years.
If you drive any lorry of 3.5 tons+ or a bus/coach/minibus with 9+ seats as a job, you will need to hold a Driver CPC.
Where Can I Find Driver CPC Training?
Most driving schools are able to offer training for the Driver CPC.
Where Can I Find More Information?
Further information can be found at the GOV.UK.
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