What is Driver CPC?
The Driver CPC was introduced in 2008 for bus and coach drivers and in 2009 for LGV drivers, the most important thing to know is that professional bus, coach, and lorry drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) licence in addition to a vocational driving licence. So whether you’re coming into the industry new, are an existing driver or are responsible for a fleet of drivers, it is imperative that you are aware of how to comply with Driver CPC legislation and the correct licensing of drivers.
The aims of Driver CPC
The main aim of Driver CPC is to ensure better trained drivers, who are up to date with current legislation, and to help reduce road casualties – ultimately resulting in improved road safety.
The main business benefit to you, as an employer, is increased productivity and lower fleet maintenance costs in the form of:
• Lower insurance premiums due to fewer accidents
• Less business interruption due to fewer accidents
• Less wear and tear on vehicles due to better driving behaviour
• Increased fuel economy
• Improved staff retention
Periodic Driver CPC Training
Following initial qualification drivers must then complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years if they want to keep their Driver CPC status. Drivers can check online for the number of hours of CPC training that they have completed.
Only training that has been approved and delivered by a JAUPT registered provider will count towards certification. Driver CPC Courses will qualify drivers for a minimum of seven hours for a one-day course up to the full 35 hours for a 5-day course. Courses can be selected to not only fulfil driver CPC, but also to enhance drivers’ skills and deliver essential driver training.
Driver CPC exemptions
Whilst Driver CPC regulations will apply to most cases there are certain instances where exemptions apply. Drivers do not need a Driver CPC licence if the vehicle they drive:
• Has a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 28mph
• Is used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service, and forces responsible for maintaining public order
• Is undergoing road tests for technical development, repair, or maintenance purposes
• Is a new or rebuilt vehicle which has not yet been put into service
• Is used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
• Is used for driving lessons for those wanting to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC
• Is used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use
• Is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver during his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver’s principal activity
Driver CPC enforcement
Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. Your drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status. If found driving without a Driver Qualification Card, (or a valid driving licence, if they have acquired/grandfather rights), they will be liable for penalties.
In short employers will not be able to use drivers who are not Driver CPC compliant.
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