Happy Birthday Driver CPC!

Posted by AndrewT on 18th Sep 2015

It’s been a year since the deadline for existing HGV drivers to complete their first block of 35 hours of Driver CPC training. Happy birthday Driver CPC! HGV, bus and coach drivers are required to do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to keep their Driver CPC and they must have their Driver CPC card with them when driving professionally. Since its introduction most HGV drivers stopped have completed their Driver Certificate of Competence (CPC) periodic training. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) carried out more than 89,000 roadside checks and only 1,400 Driver CPC related offences were recorded, showing that almost 99% of drivers stopped during roadside checks had completed their Driver CPC training and had a valid Driver CPC card with them. Since September 2014, 838 fixed penalties have been issued for Driver CPC offences and 266 drivers and operators have been prosecuted. Whilst the Traffic Commissioners Office and DVSA will be very pleased with the level of compliance, feedback from professional drivers on Driver CPC training has been very mixed to say the least. With any training the proof of the pudding is in the outcome and difference it has made. CPD in any profession has got to be a good thing, but what has changed since Driver CPC was introduced? Will we see a reduction in infringements and prosecutions? Will we see improvements in safety on our roads? With 99% of drivers complying with the requirement for Driver CPC training it is time we started looking at what the investment in training has achieved!