Driver CPC Deadline - Six Weeks To Go!

Posted on: Tuesday, 29 July 2014 by Kirsty Adams in category Shopfta

It was now five years ago the European Parliament and Council introduced compulsory training for vocational drivers.  The purpose of this being to improve road safety and fuel efficiency as well as to encourage driving as a career to reduce the driver shortages. Drivers who held a vocational licence prior to 10 September 2009 were automatically given an initial Driver CPC qualification, however they were also required to complete 35 hours of periodic training by 10 September 2014. 

This means the final deadline for HGV drivers to complete their mandatory 35 hours in order to meet the approved Driver CPC training is approaching quickly, and with just six weeks to go there's still time to get the training completed. 

FTA has warned all freight operators that they should not expect any exemptions or last minute reprieve stating that the DVSA will enforce Driver CPC and action will be taken against drivers and operators who do not take it seriously.

Shopfta have a number of materials which can assist with Driver CPC training including the Drivers Standards Agency official guide for Professional Goods Vehicles. This official guide is very thorough, explaining the process in detail including why you need to gain CPC and what the test itself actually covers. The guide also includes essential information such as how to optimise fuel consumption, carry loads safety and respond to emergencies.

Also available on the Shopfta website is the Driver CPC poster. This is an A2 poster detailing exemptions, information on PCV Driver CPC’s, the two types of Driver CPC and offences and penalties. The poster also incorporates a brief question and answer section which can assist in answering some of the most common questions.

Have your drivers completed their CPC training? What training materials do you recommend using? Let us know via Twitter (@newsfromfta) or Facebook. 

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