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Upcoming Deadline for Lorry Driver CPC Training

August 13, 2014

The 9 September 2014 deadline for certain commercial lorry drivers to complete required training for their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is quickly approaching. Under the Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) Regulations 2007, all commercial lorry drivers in the United Kingdom are required to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years to maintain their Driver CPCs.

Lorry drivers with ‘acquired rights’, who received their vocational licences (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) on or before 9 September 2009, need to complete their periodic training by 9 September 2014. Newer lorry drivers who became licensed after 9 September 2009 must complete their periodic training within five years of the date of initial qualification.

Once the deadline passes, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will be on the lookout for drivers who do not comply. Penalties for non-compliance can be high, with fines reaching £1,000. The DVSA can bring actions against operator licences as well, so operators need to make sure all their drivers have completed the required training.

REQUIRED PERIODIC TRANING

The 35 hours of required periodic training is typically broken down into seven-hour modules over five days. It can cover safe driving skills, legal requirements, health and safety risks, manual handling, fuel efficiency and much more. Only approved courses taken at approved training centres will count towards periodic training. To find approved Driver CPC training courses at approved training centres, visit www.gov.uk/driver-cpc-periodic-training-courses.

You can check how many completed hours of Driver CPC training you have online at www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours.

DEADLINES FOR ‘ACQUIRED RIGHTS’ LORRY DRIVERS

Training Block

Lorry Driver

First 35-hour block

9/9/2014

Second-35 hour block

9/9/2019

Third 35-hour block

9/9/2024

 

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