With the introduction of Brexit it may seem a little unnecessary to report on proposed Driver CPC amendments by the European Commission (EC).
However, Brexit will take at least two years to run its course and while the timescales for these EC proposals (should they go ahead) are unknown, there may be a period of overlap which means there may be some course changes ahead.
So what’s the EC looking to change?
Here’s what we know so far:
1. To ensure that courses cannot be repeated within the 5 year training window.
At present, it is possible to sit one course five times over to get the statutory 35 hours signed off. Naturally, most drivers and companies don’t take this route but the loophole is there to be abused and the EC wants to ensure it doesn’t happen.
2. To ensure one of the 7 hour long modules covers the topic of road safety.
Already, many of the JAUPT approved Driver CPC training centres run at least one road safety specific module, either as individual courses or as part of an intensive training programme.
The EC wants to make sure that drivers attend one or more road safety course within every 5 year time frame.
3. Introduce other relevant modules such as disability awareness, dangerous good transportation and animal transportation.
The EC is obviously looking to add more specialised, in-depth modules to Driver CPC so that drivers can choose courses that are more focused to their current role.
Additionally the European Union to looking to cut the amount of hours that can be credited to Driver CPC through ADR training courses. Currently, students studying for an ADR qualification are entitled to receive up to 21 hours towards their Driver CPC training. The EU is looking to reduce this to just 7.