Don’t leave your driver CPC to the last minute

4th September 2018

Time is running out for hauliers to make sure their drivers have completed their periodic CPC. It’s only 12 months until the second phase deadline so you’ll need to arrange driver training days as soon as possible.

HGV drivers are legally required to complete 35 hours training over a five-year period to remain legally compliant. If they don’t, they’ll lose their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) and won’t be allowed to drive.

DVSA will issue fines of up to £1,000 for anyone driving professionally without a DQC.

The Road Haulage Association is concerned that companies leaving it to the last minute won’t be able to get their drivers trained in time.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett said: “If you leave it to the last few months you might struggle to find suitable courses or enough spaces to book for your drivers. I’d urge hauliers to arrange driver training days now. Having drivers who can’t drive is disastrous for an operator.”

A lot of hauliers believe that DCPC will no longer be required after Brexit, but this isn’t the case. Drivers will still need to complete their training regardless of Brexit outcome.

The second phase deadline for periodic Driver CPC is 9 September 2019.

Driver CPC training:

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