There are just 10 months left for LGV drivers to obtain their 35 hours of Driver CPC training which will conclude the UK’s first ever deadlines for the scheme initiated back in 2008.
The training has created some confusion for companies and individual drivers as to whether they need to complete the training for their profession. Recently, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) confirmed that mechanics and valets do not need to complete Driver CPC training, but some professions are still unsure if they too, fall outside of the scope.
To try to alleviate this, the government body has issued a guide for those unsure of their requirements. The guide contains a series of examples to determine whether Driver CPC training is necessary. Let’s take a look at some of these examples:
Nationals of EU member states or who are employed by a company that operates out of a member state:
Driver CPC Required:
• A Dutch national who drives an LGV to countries within the EU
• A Turkish national who is employed by an Austrian bus company, driving within the EU
Driver CPC Not Required
• A Turkish national, working for a Turkish based haulage company, driving an LGV to EU member states
• A Polish national working for a Russian tour operator, driving coaches in Russia
Vehicles that cannot exceed 45 km/h (Drivers of vehicles that are now allowed to exceed 45 km/h will not require Driver CPC):
Gemma B works for a bus company in London. She drives a bus that has a speed limiter fitted to stop the vehicle exceeding 40km/h but she will still require Driver CPC as the bus can legally exceed 45 km/h.
Armed forces, police, local authority and fire and rescue vehicles:
Malcolm P works for the fire and rescue service. He is entitled to drive the fire engine without the need for Driver CPC. However, he is thinking of taking up a part time position with a local haulier driving LGVs. Should he take up this position, Malcolm will need to undertake Driver CPC as his exemption does not extend to other work.
Vehicles being road tested or not yet put into service:
Dan D works for a firm that makes chassis for buses and coaches. Because these vehicles haven’t been put into service, he won’t require Driver CPC.
Tony S delivers trucks to customers that have been registered and taxed. Once a vehicle is taxed, it is classed as being in service and Tony will therefore require Driver CPC.
Vehicles being driven to official testing centres for a pre-booked appointment:
Ben F works as a mechanic for a local bus firm. He has to drive the buses to the testing centre for tests that are pre-arranged. Ben will not require Driver CPC.
Vehicles used in emergencies or rescue operations:
Drivers will not require Driver CPC training if they are driving a vehicle that is officially responding to an emergency or is being used as part of a rescue mission.
Vehicles for non-commercial use:
Driver CPC will not be needed when driving a vehicle that is solely used for non-commercial activities. That is to say, it is not used to generate a profit.
Ravi S is a self-employed builder. He owns a van which he uses to transport his tools and materials. Ravi will not need to undertake Driver CPC training as he’s using the van in the course of his work. Driving the van is not the main activity of Ravi’s job.
Bert G is a local farmer that transports and sells his livestock at the cattle market. Bert requires Driver CPC because he’s transporting cattle that are to be sold (rather than just materials or equipment).
Vehicles driven within 50km of the driver’s base:
If driving is not the main activity and is kept to within 50 km of the driver’s base, subject to the vehicle being empty (no passengers or goods), Driver CPC is not needed.
To view the full list of examples, click here.