The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has (via the DfT website) released up to date statistics on Driver CPC training. The figures published give government, industry, drivers and other stakeholders a snapshot of how Driver CPC is being delivered and completed.
Figures made available represent both the LGV (commercial goods) and PCV (commercial passenger) industry as one.
The DSA do not record data on each industry separately.
Number of drivers active
Statistics show a total of 474,658 drivers have completed at least 7 hours Driver CPC training. We cannot determine how many hours each driver has completed however overall it’s an encouraging number. It certainly means more drivers are doing Driver CPC compared to those who are not.
There appears still to be a shortfall of drivers as between 650,000 and 800,000 are expected to needs Driver CPC (by 2013 and 2014.) Meaning, between 175,000 – 325,000 LGV and PCV drivers have not started any Driver CPC training.
Training Courses Delivered
In December a total of 2,379 periodic, 7 hour courses were run. Although December is typically a quiet time in the training industry 228 more courses were delivered in December when compared to October. Since April 2011 16,368 approved courses has been delivered.
Initial Driver CPC Qualification
The Initial Driver CPC qualification is needed by all new entrants (PCV and LGV) who want to drive professionally. The Driver CPC qualification is issued once students pass the Module 4 examination. Since April 2011, each month, on average just over 1,000 initial DCPC qualification cards were triggered. December maintained that general trend with 998 card issued by DVLA.
Periodic Driver CPC cards triggered
As soon as you have completed your 35 hours periodic training your driver CPC card will be sent to you. In the month of December 3,377 drivers completed their 35th hour of periodic Driver CPC training and received their DCPC qualification card. As the deadline (2013 and 2014) approaches it is expected the number of cards issued will increase dramatically.
Number of attendees
December showed relatively good attendance numbers as nearly 36,000 drivers attended a 7 hour course. That’s the 3rd highest monthly figure since April 2011.
Number of approved centres
In December 1,189 centres were JAUPT approved to deliver periodic Driver CPC training. An increase of 89 centres since April 2011. The 1,189 number only includes JAUPT approved centres and not consortium members. It is estimated between 300 and 600 training companies operate through a consortium. Having 1,500 – 1,800 centres delivering periodic training means supply is certainly sufficient. There is also demand but not in the numbers that were initially envisaged. With less than 30% of all Driver CPC training completed (1st, 5 years) to date there is still a long way to go.
Driver CPC centre audits
The DSA and JAUPT have increased the number of audits carried out at approved training centres. Audits can be announced or unannounced, full or just part. Times of audits have also changed. Auditors can turn up at 8.00 in the morning or 2.30 in the afternoon. To date URDU are the only Driver CPC training centre to lose approval. Statistics for how many audits were carried out in December has yet to be made available.
Driver CPC is not going away and neither are the deadlines. For bus and coach drivers only 18 months remains. The HGV industry has another 12 months but is already over halfway through the initial 5 years. The commercial transport industry needs to greater acknowledge and embrace Driver CPC.
There are benefits and advantages to Driver CPC training. Attending a professional and informative training course will add knowledge and skills for both new and existing drivers. If you need Driver CPC training why not use our training provider search page? We only promote companies that are established and have a track record of delivering results.