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What is the Driver CPC ?

The Driver CPC is for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life. There are two parts to the legislation

  • The Initial Qualification must be achieved by new LGV and PCV drivers along with their vocational licence to enable them to use their licence professionally
  • Periodic Training; 35 hours of training every 5 years must be attended by all professional drivers

Which Driving Categories are affected?

  • All professional bus, coach (including minibuses with nine seats or more) and lorry drivers (driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes) must hold a Driver CPC if they want to drive for a living

How does it affect me?

  • All drivers need to complete a minimum of 35 hours of periodic training every five years. The training will require attendance at courses but will not require drivers to take or pass further examinations.

What is periodic training?

  • Periodic training is continuing professional development for bus, coach and lorry drivers. It carries on throughout the professional driver’s career – no matter how infrequently they drive.

When Do I have to complete my Periodic Training?

How you gain your Driver CPC will depend upon when you obtained your vocational licence.

  • If you are a bus or coach driver and held your vocational licence (D*, D1*, DE*, D1E*) prior to 10 September 2008 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2013.
  • If you are a lorry driver and held your vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to 10 September 2009 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2014. To keep your Driver CPC and continue driving professionally beyond this date, you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training.
  • New drivers will need to pass the initial qualification to gain their vocational driving licence and qualify for their Driver CPC. For a new driver, the requirement to undertake a minimum of 35 hours’ periodic training to retain their Driver CPC will start once they have passed the initial qualification.
  • * Those who have an entitlement on their licence stating ‘not for hire or reward’ (Code 101) will not have acquired rights and will have to take the initial qualification should they wish to drive professionally.

What Subjects Does the Driver CPC Cover?

Periodic training is designed to complement the individual driver’s work and be relevant to their every day job. Courses may include fuel efficient driving style training, defensive driving techniques, first aid, health and safety, driver’s hours regulations and tachographs. Courses will also enable drivers to keep up to date with changing regulations. The syllabus broadly covers:

  • Safe and fuel efficient driving
  • Legal requirements
  • Health and safety, service and logistics

Are there any exemptions?

There are exemptions from the Driver CPC qualification for drivers of vehicles:

  • used for the non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use
  • undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or new or rebuilt vehicles not yet put into service
  • used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC
  • carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity
  • with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45km/h
  • used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service, and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.

I already have a National/International CPC does this make me exempt?

  • No – The Transport Manager’s CPC also known as the ‘Operators CPC’ is a separate qualification and anyone holding one who still drives professionally as part of their job also needs to hold a Driver CPC
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  • "The Driver CPC training was very well received by all of our drivers. Logistics Skills Services made the process really easy, they trained my drivers on site and at a convenient time for the operation and Steve the trainer was really engaging and full of very good examples from all his years served within the industry. Overall an excellent session, looking forward to the next one."

    Darren West (Director, Synergy Recruitment)
  • "Alliance Healthcare (Distribution) Ltd have used Logistics Skills Services to provide Driver CPC training to some of our LGV drivers. We have found them to be professional and supportive, prepared to adapt courses to meet our specific requirements and fit the training around our operational needs. The feedback from our drivers has been very encouraging, with many surprised at how much they actually learnt from the module. As a result, we fully expect to include LSS for future DCPC training dates. "

    Andy Fraser
    Transport Performance Improvement Manager (Alliance Healthcare part of the Alliance Boots group).

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