RHA - Supporting driver testing reform

RHA - Supporting driver testing reform

06 Sep 2021 Posted By Josh Reynolds

We have responded to the DVSA lorry driver testing reform consultation, supporting two key proposals that will speed up the testing processes for new lorry drivers.

The first of the proposals we're supporting will allow prospective lorry drivers to move straight to the C+E test without needed to take category C test first, by changing how the provisional licences are administered.

The second proposal will allow the testing of manoeuvres to be assessed by nominated and authorised trainers, rather than DVSA examiners, freeing examiners to do more tests.

A third proposal, to abolish the car driver trailer towing test, has not been supported by the RHA.

We're urging all members, and those with an interest, to respond to the DVSA consultation.
You can complete your response here.

Our response is available here.

In addition to supporting planned reforms the RHA is also calling for immediate action on the Driver CPC to improve retention of existing drivers and help those who want to return to the job.

The RHA call to re-establish the Category C apprenticeship has now been followed up, we expect the new Urban Driver Apprenticeship (for Category C licences) to be operational before the end of the year.