What is Driver CPC?
Driver CPC was introduced to improve the knowledge and skills of drivers thereby helping to improve safety standards on the roads. Driver CPC is an EU law (Directive 2003/59)
By now, all professional drivers should have a DQC card (Driver Qualification Card) There are a small number of exemptions which are listed below;
if you’re a professional large goods vehicle driver (C, C1, C+E or C1+E) or a coach driver (D, D1, D&E or D1 &E) then you need to carry out 35 Hours of classroom training (referred to as periodic training) within every five-year period.
Whether the initial DQC was gained as part of the drivers’ initial licence acquisition or by attending Driver CPC training courses, Driver CPC is an ongoing requirement. Each DQC card is valid for five years from the date of issue. So, for example if your card was issued on the 18/09/2015 you must ensure that you carry out 35 hours of classroom training by 18/09/2020.
Will Driver CPC be scrapped when Britain leaves the EU?
The much talked about Article 50 has now been triggered so how will this impact on Driver CPC?
According to experts, severance from the EU will take at least two years. In reality that may take much longer. Driver CPC (for the time being) is here to stay. Why? because it has proven to be a valuable and necessary qualification for success on the road. For this reason, there would need to be a very strong case to eliminate the qualification completely.
Ignorance is not Bliss!
If a driver is caught driving commercially without their Driver Qualification Card:
- Both driver and operator face fines of up to £1000
- Driver suspended from driving commercially until training is completed