The results of a Driver CPC interim evaluation report have been published by the DSA.
The government body commissioned AECOM Limited, a worldwide technical and management support service, to investigate the impact of Driver CPC in the UK. The report is based on their findings following interviews with a variety of people including industry organisations (such as the RHA, FTA and VOSA), drivers, trainers and operators.
As part of the research, lorry, bus and coach drivers were asked to share their personal experiences of achieving both initial and periodic training. Additionally, operators were asked to participate in order to look at training programmes and to discover the impact of Driver CPC on recruitment.
In total, 79 bus and coach drivers and 137 truck drivers agreed to undertake face to face surveys with representatives from AECOM. These interviews took place at various truck stops and bus stations across the UK.
The report has dedicated chapters on the attitudes of drivers and operators. The overall conclusion is that Driver CPC has proved successful but with some areas requiring improvement. One of the areas highlighted was the need for higher levels of awareness for Driver CPC.
‘Marketing had been poor’
A number of industry organisations and training providers agreed that the marketing strategy had been poor and that the efforts made, through various trade magazines and associations, had not been sufficient enough to ensure the overall Driver CPC message had been understood by the end user.
AECOM’s research concluded that on average, drivers have been completing 7 hours of training per year, allowing for the cost to be spread over the maximum timescale. The method of course selection varied with some operators choosing the cheapest options for their drivers while others opted for the modules that best suited their company’s requirements.
Audits conducted by JAUPT were also scrutinised with many stakeholders of the opinion that audits were too rigid and complex. It was also noted that they felt auditors were paying too much attention to training facilities and not enough to the overall course quality and content.
When interviewed, operators confirmed they felt that Driver CPC had brought a positive impact to the industry despite initial doubts. The majority agreed that the requirement for managers to also undertake the 35 hours statutory training helped drivers understand the need for periodic CPC.
However, the report’s statistics reveal that 55% of LGV drivers and 39% of PCV drivers interviewed felt negative about the training. More truck than bus and coach drivers believed the training is nothing more than a money making exercise that failed to teach them anything relevant.
To view the full report, click here