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Driver CPC affect all professional vocational licence holders LGV / HGV (C1, C and C + E) and PCV / PSV (D1, D and D + E) drivers.
All professional (for and reward) bus, coach and lorry drivers will have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training. Only courses that have been approved – and are being delivered by a training centre that has been approved – by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) will count towards the Periodic Training requirement. Friendberry JAUPT approval number is AC00228.
Driver CPC periodic training is designed to confirm, and expand on, the existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient drivers. This will also enable drivers to keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and to benefit from training throughout their whole career.
Driver CPC training will;
– improve road safety
– support the road freight and passenger transport industries by providing savings through more fuel efficient and defensive driving and help the industries with staff recruitment and retention.
– raise the profile of the driving profession through maintaining skills levels, improving career opportunities and enhancing the image of drivers as ‘professionals’.
– help the environment through reduced fuel consumption and vehicle wear and tear.
Driver CPC is a level 2 qualification and periodic training can include modules such as drivers’ hours, working time and record keeping, vehicle maintenance and defect reporting, first on the scene, highway code and understand and protect your driving licence and operator licence awareness.
In the UK the training will be recorded on a driver qualification card which must be carried by the driver when driving. It will be issued on successful completion of the initial test and when 35 hours of periodic training has been completed.
Periodic training is recorded on a central database administered by DSA. Every time a driver completes an approved course the approved training provider will update the central database. Drivers are able to access this information and check the information held – https://www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours
The driver qualification card will be issued automatically by DVLA free of charge to drivers who hold a photocard driving licence on completion of 35 hours of periodic training.
It is an offence to drive a vehicle without holding a driver CPC, and to cause or permit another person to do so. This means that, as with driver licence checks, transport undertakings must have systems in place to ensure that drivers are properly qualified. The driver will also be breaking the law if he/she fails to produce their driver’s qualification card at the roadside.
The driver CPC requirement does not apply to drivers of vehicles that do not require a vocational driving licence to drive them or those drivers on restricted ‘not for hire or reward’ D1 entitlements gained by passing a car test before 1997. Nor does it apply to those driving vehicles exempted
The Driver CPC directive will not apply to the drivers of
• vehicles with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h
• vehicles used by or under the control of the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
• vehicles undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service
• vehicles used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
• vehicles used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC
• vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use
• vehicles carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver’s principal activity.
This list is not necessarily exhaustive and is intended only as a guide. Check out the DSA website for examples – https://www.gov.uk/driver-cpc-exemptions-examples
It is recommended that in all cases where it is felt an exemption applies, drivers and operators seek specialist independent legal advice.
Online Driver Enquiry
If you’re a lorry, bus or coach driver working towards Driver CPC, you can now check records of the periodic training you’ve completed online.
You can register to use the online driver enquiry service, developed by DSA, at www.direct.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc
The service can be accessed 24 hrs a day and provides a clear and simple online record, showing:
– Your Driver CPC qualification expiry date (bus and coach and / or lorry)
– Details of each training course you’ve completed.
It also allows you to give your current or prospective employer temporary access to your training record – so they can confirm how much periodic training you have done in your five year cycle.
The service should also benefit trainers by reducing the need for them to respond to many of the kinds of enquiries they receive from individual drivers and operators.
Uploading training records
It should only take up to five days from course completion for a driver’s training record to be updated, and trainers are reminded of the importance of adding records within this period.
If this hasn’t been done, drivers should contact the trainer directly. If the trainer / centre do not respond satisfactorily, drivers should then raise this with DSA via firstname.lastname@example.org.