Driver CPC reform consultation launched today 02.03.23

Driver CPC reform consultation launched today 02.03.23

02 Mar 2023 Posted By Kate Gibbs

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation into proposed Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) reform today (Thursday 2 March).

The RHA has long called for Government to reform Driver CPC and will be examining the detail of the proposals.

The consultation options include the potential for more flexible training options, and a shorter ‘new periodic test’ which could reduce time and cost for firms and drivers.

Many RHA members across the haulage and coach sectors say the current Driver CPC arrangements are a barrier to recruiting and retaining drivers.

Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said: “We welcome the news that DfT is consulting on proposed DCPC reform to offer more choice and flexibility for drivers.

“This is a key priority for us as we continue to look for ways to tackle skills shortages in the transport sector. We look forward to reflecting our members’ views in the weeks ahead.”

The Government has published the final report of its DCPC review which took place between November 2021 and January 2022.

The RHA has been in extensive discussions with DfT on the reforms and will continue to reflect the views of the industry on the latest proposals.

We will study the detail in the report and respond in due course.

Have your say – the DCPD consultation is open until 27 April.

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