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Driver CPC - The Information all Operators should know

Less than a Year to Driver CPC Deadline

Driver CPC is due to come into force on 9th September 2014. This means that anyone who drives a goods vehicle over 3.5-tonnes professionally must have completed 35 hours of periodic training and hold a Driver Qualification Card to remain legal.

Drivers who passed their test before 10 September 2009 have “acquired rights” to Driver CPC, those who passed their test after this point will have undergone initial testing to receive their Driver Qualification card. There is now less than a year for drivers to complete the required 35 hours of training and weekend courses are booking up fast. A number of training companies exist to provide training. We suggest looking for a JAUPT-approved (JAUPT – Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training) provider. More information and a training search facility is available at

We have listed below some simple facts about training and Driver CPC in response to some questions from our customers as to who is effected, and what the requirements are. This information comes from the website, which is a helpful resource regarding road transport law.

Who has “acquired rights”

You’ll have “acquired rights” if you’re a: lorry driver and got your vocational licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before 10 September 2009.

When you need to do periodic training

If you’ve got your Driver CPC by “acquired rights” you must do 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2014 if you’re a lorry driver.

What does the training consist of?

There are a variety of approved courses, which can be viewed on the JAUPT website. Each one-day course consists of 7 hours training, generally in a training room environment. It may be the case that one subject will be covered over the course of the day, or two different ones, taking 3.5 hours each. There is no testing – it’s an attendance course and what drivers get out it really depends on what the put in, and the quality of the training provider.

Some of the most popular (and useful) subjects include: Tachographs and Drivers Hours, Daily Checks, Customer Care and First Aid for Drivers. Some other forms of training can also qualify you for Driver CPC hours. For example, if you complete all the main ADR categories, you will attain 21 hours. The EPIC card course which is run a behalf of the aggregates industry will also gain you 7 hours.

When you don’t need Driver CPC

You might not need Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), even if you’re driving a large goods vehicle or passenger carrying vehicle.

It depends on: the vehicle and what the vehicle is being used for

Vehicles you can drive without Driver CPC

You don’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you’re driving is:

being road tested after repair, maintenance or technical development

new or rebuilt and not been put into service yet

limited to a top speed of 28mph

Vehicle uses where you don’t need Driver CPC

You don’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:

used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use

used to carry material or equipment you use for your job – but driving the vehicle can’t be the main part of your job***

used for driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC

used by, or is under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order

used in states of emergency or for rescue missions

***Exemption vii – the grey area.

“Carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity.”

Example provided by
“An example of a driver under exemption vii (also known as “incidental driver”) would be a brick layer who drives a load of bricks from the builder’s yard to the building site and then spends their working day laying bricks. In this case, driving a lorry is incidental to their main occupation.”

The role of incidental driver is likely to be one which some customers of MV Commercial would consider themselves to be. For example, operators of scaffolding firms who deliver their scaffolding to site, and then build it. Having reviewed this information across many sources, we feel the best response is from the OLMC website, which is quoted below. We advise any operators to check with the relevant authorities well before the 2014 CPC deadline to clarify whether or not their operations come into scope of Driver CPC.

The OLMC website said:

“After reviewing the exemptions and examples given, it is OLMC’s view that the Driver CPC exemption status of a driver is dependant entirely of the purpose of the journey at hand and the exempt status of the driver can change on a journey to journey basis.
The need for a Driver CPC qualification should be considered before every journey is made. If Driver CPC is needed, then only a driver with the qualification should be driving the vehicle. Exemption on a separate journey does not mean you are exempt at all times.
If it is likely that you will at some point, be in a situation where a Driver CPC qualification is needed, you should probably think about working towards achieving the qualification.”

The link to the website article is here:

MV Commercial – Investing in our local communities

MV Sponsor Cumbernauld Colts FC

Cumbernauld Colts FC in new MV Commercial Strip

  • MV Commercial supply 7-a-side kit to Cumbernauld Colts FC
  • Part of on-going program of supporting grass-roots sporting organisations
  • Currently sponsors of football, bowling and motorbike racing teams

MV Commercial are delighted to announce the kit sponsorship of Cumbernauld Colts 7-a-side football team. This is part of our on-going commitment to supporting a broad-variety of sporting organisations in the local community. The 2001 team will wear shirts bearing the MV Commercial logo over the coming season. Cumbernauld Colts are based at Broadwood Stadium, home of Clyde FC and one of the finest purpose-built sports venues in the country. Stewart McKenzie of Cumbernauld Colts said “We are delighted MV are continuing to support the club and thank them for the new kit.”

The youth football club were originally formed in 1969, and today plays a vital part in the local community. The club holds the Scottish FA’s highest level of Quality Mark accreditation and has teams at all levels both male and female. Their teams play in the Scottish Woman’s Football, Scottish Amateur and, Scottish Youth associations. For full details and the latest news from Cumbernauld Colts visit


MV Commercial help get Edinburgh Hogmanay 2013 Underway

    When MV Commercial received an enquiry from Edinburgh-based company Unique Events in relation to supplying support vehicles for one of the biggest street parties in the world, we were delighted to provide an innovative solution! Unique Events are the team organising Edinburgh’s Hogmanay event, which takes place from 30th December to 1st January. The legendary New Year celebrations attract visitors from all over the globe.

    Lesley Strang of Unique Events contacted MV Commercial with their requirements: Six 7.5-tonne dropsides with 20ft bodies, twin passenger seats and digital tachographs. December is traditionally the busiest time of the year for contract hire firms and six trucks of this type were not available from stock. No problem for MV Commercial; we built them to order! Thanks to the team of expert coachbuilders at our Livingston fabrication facility, six box-trucks had the bodies cut down and all-new alloy dropside bodies fitted.

    The turnaround from order confirmation to the first truck hitting the road was a remarkable three weeks, with the remainder following quickly afterwards. Not only this but each vehicle was treated to a full refurbishment program that included paintwork, wheels, servicing and valeting. The trucks will be used for transporting kit around the site from Unique’s depot in Leith to all the stages and sites. They will also be utilised to transfer equipment for the stage build from Kings Stables road to the Ross bandstand, by-passing the 11-tonne weight limit in West Gardens.

    The 07/08 model year trucks; three MAN TGL and three Iveco Eurocargo are hired through MV Commercial’s flexible short term contract hire solution and when they are returned in January they will be available for sale.

    MAN TGL 7.150 Dropside - MV Commercial Truck Hire20ft triple alloy dropside body fitted

    MV Commercial are delighted to be able to play an important part on one of Scotland’s greatest institutions with Unique Events. To find out more about one of the greatest parties on earth, log on to:

    MV Commercial’s innovative range of contract hire options give you all the benefits of a quality new vehicle, without the worries of ownership. To find out how your business can benefit call the sales team on 01506 440042.

    New Hino 300 7.5 tonne Trucks from MV Commercial

    The New Hino 300 7.5 tonne truck with Class Leading Payload and Fantastic Turning Circle is now for sale from MV Commercial with various body types.

    Hino 300 Dropside

    Hino 7.5 tonne Beavertail As a specialist in the supply of 7.5 tonne trucks for sale or contract hire. We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and delivering the right commercial vehicle solutions for their business. As the demand for greater payload and improved fuel economy increased. We knew that we had to find a truck that ticked all the boxes for our customers. We feel that the Hino 300 7.5 tonne does just that, with it’s impressive payload, it’s one of the best small trucks that we have seen. The Japanese engineered Hino is owned by Toyota and it shows. The Hino interior is extremely well equipped for such an affordable truck and with it being so lightweight it drives like a car. We really feel that this little truck will be a serious contender in the 7500Kg market and as  expected we have had a great response from our rental customers who opted for this versatile 7.5 tonne truck. The great news is that due to our large stock holding of Hino 7.5 tonne chassis cabs we can provide Hino 300 trucks custom built to your specification within a few weeks or days of ordering. We offer several Hino body specifications including box, flatbed, dropside, beavertail, tipper and curtainside. The Hino 300 7.5 tonne truck offers a class leading payload of around 4 tonne in most cases. Combined with a fantastic turning circle and LEZ compliant Euro 4 Engine the Hino 300 815 is without doubt exceptional value. If you are looking for an affordable 7.5 tonne truck packed with equipment then look no further than the Hino 300. Our Hino 300 815 models have ABS, EBD, Air conditioning, twin airbags, central locking, double passenger seat, wide cab and a CD player. Powered by a 4.0 litre common rail turbocharged intercooled diesel engine with 6 speed manual gearbox producing 150ps at 2700rpm the Hino 300 is both powerful and economical. With highly competitive contract hire rates and finance available. Our Hino 300 new and used trucks are without doubt value for money. For full details, pricing and availability please call our Hino Sales Team on 01506 440042.

    MV Commercial are specialists in the supply of 7.5 tonne trucks for sale or contract hire. The new Hino range offers an affordable solution to your transport needs. However we also supply Iveco 7.5 tonne trucks, Man 7.5 tonne trucks and Volvo 7.5 tonne trucks for Contract Hire. For full details on our full range please call our head office on 01506 440042.

    7.5 Tonne Flatbed Truck Supply made Ezee

    7.5 Tonne Flatbed Truck Supply made Ezee by MV Commercial’s flexible approach.

    When Newcastle based Ezee Scaffolding contacted us to supply nine 7.5 Tonne Flatbed vehicles for a new contract.  We were delighted to provide several truck rental options for them to consider. However, it was apparent when discussing the proposal with Managing Director Neil Allan that Ezee Scaffoldings requirements were more suited to our ex fleet financed solutions. When Neil mentioned that they would prefer analogue tachometers and that they had specific body requirements and a 4 week leadtime! we had the perfect solution in mind. With having our own body and paint shop facility we were able to supply good quality ex rental chassis cabs fitted with new scaffolding dropsided bodies. Competitively funded, supplied with Ezee livery and delivered within the agreed leadtime; providing a one stop solution for the family managed scaffolding business.

    Do you need a 7.5 or 18 Tonne Flatbed Truck in a Hurry?

    As a UK based truck rental business MV Commercial provide flexible term truck rental from three main depots in Livingston, Haydock and Milton Keynes.
    We have substantial stock of 7.5 tonne Box, Curtain and 18 tonne rigid vehicles for contract hire and sale. As a leading UK truck rental business specialising in 7.5 tonne and 18 tonne truck rental we supply new and used vehicles on flexible terms. If you have a truck rental enquiry please feel free to contact our Truck rental team on FREEPHONE 0800 862 0122 or Visit Website

    2010 DAF 85FAD 8×4 DD With Fassi 800 85T/M Crane PE10XGA

    2010 DAF 85FAD 8×4 DD with Fassi 800 85T/M Crane vehicle has done very little work and is in as new condition. Our own build DAF crane vehicle is available for Sale or Contract hire. Daf FAD 85 was Registered on 07/07/2010. Its body size is Length = 7930mm (26’), Width = 2565mm (8’4”). The crane vehicle has the following specification: Engine: 12900cc, 32ton, Sleeper Space Cab, Drawbar Spec, W/B 7.10m, Euro 5 Engine, 16 speed manual gearbox, White Cab, External Sun visor, Roof hatch with electric control, Lower bunk with Comfort mattress, Upper bunk (no step), Protection nets, Night heater, Radio CD, Reverse warning, LED roof beacons, Leaf Suspension, LED beacons to front grille and Double Driven Tandem axles with single hub reduction.
    Fitted with a Fassi 800BXP.26 Evolution with standard radio remote control. Crane subframe is 100mm x 50mm R.H.S interlaced subframe, 150mm x 75mm P.F.C side raves, 793mm (2’6”) steel and timber headboard. Continuous 360’ rotation – Max hydraulic reach 16.40m. All crane operating informations are displayed in RCS Scanreco mini remote handset with large screen display and Lifting moment limiting device which allows reduced capacity working over the truck cab. Hydraulically tiltable outriggers by chain (Positioning of outriggers at 180º and  Hydraulically extendable H style outriggers width 6900mm weight 900kg. N.2 short o/r rams – under chassis – rod extension 330mm – fixed plate supplementary out riggers, Over height warning sensor, Standard Black paint, 4 stabiliser pads 600x600x60mm. Some of the specification of Fassi crane are 28mm hardwood type floor, 6 pairs of equally spaced lashing rings fitted to underside of bearers, 6 Pairs of lashing rings fitted to the body cross members, 16mm rope hooks to loading board and every bearer, Anodized alloy side guards, Marker lights to legal requirements, Black plastic wings and Spray Suppression to axles 3 & 4, Four telescopic twist locks to fit 10’ wide containers – two fitted to hydraulic section, Heavy duty 1800mm long hydraulic rear pullout, 1000mm steel tool box mounted to the nearside of chassis, Front warning triangle frames sideways extendable c/w marker lights, Rear warning triangle frames sideways and rear extendable c/w marker lights, VBG 795V drawbar coupling c/w swing under run bar, Two sets 500mm stabilizer pads and racks, 1000mm long sideways hydraulically extendable chain store to nearside of chassis, Two LED strobes to rear complete with switch in cab and Vertical ladder storage behind offside of cab.
    For full details please call Sales on 01506 440042 or visit the link 2010 DAF 85FAD 8×4 DD With Fassi 800 85T/M Crane PE10XGA.
    2010 DAF 85FAD 8x4 DD With Fassi 800 85T/M Crane

    2010 DAF 85FAD 8x4 DD With Fassi 800 85T/M Crane

    Used 2008 MAN TGS 26.400 PM 45025 crane drag trailer SN08EXD

    Used 2008 MAN TGS 26.400 PM 45025 crane drag trailer SN08EXD arriving soon from contract hire. Our own build from new this wagon and drag is available for Sale or Contract hire. MAN TGS 26.400 PM 45025 crane & drag trailer was Registered on 18.08.2008.   MAN TGS crane drag  trailer has the following specification: Engine Size: 10518cc, Mileage: TBC, 20ft drag trailer,Euro 4, 400BHP, Single Sleeper Cab,  4 over 4 with 1/2 splitter gearbox with Comfort Shift, Digital Tacho, Cruise control & limiter, ECAS air suspension with Remote Control, Drivers air suspended seat, Drivers heated seat, MAN 24v CD Player, Night heater, Electric windows, Electric mirrors, Heated mirrors, Sunroof, Driver aids on steering wheel, Single Aluminium fuel tank, Beacons on cab roof, Fitted with 26ft Cabin Spec Body, Hyd Pull Out, Rear lift and steer axle, Fitted with a PM45025 Crane, 5 Extensions, Factory Fitted remote control and Drawbar Spec.
    For full details please call Sales on 01506 440042. (N.B Archive photos used for illustration purposes)  or visit the link Used 2008 MAN TGS 26.400 PM 45025 crane drag trailer SN08EXD

    MAN TGS crane drag trailer - Side

    MAN TGS crane drag trailer - Side

    MAN TGS crane drag trailer - Rear

    MAN TGS crane drag trailer - Rear

    MAN TGS crane drag trailer - Front

    MAN TGS crane drag trailer - Front

    New HINO 300 815 7.5 Tonne 4X2 Chassis Cab 3000116

    New Hino 300 815 7.5 Tonne 4X2 Chassis Cab now in stock. It would make an ideal recovery vehicle if fitted with one of our Tilt n Slide bodies. Equally it could be fitted with a Box, Curtain or Fridge depending on your requirement. Hino 300 Chassis Cab 3000116 was manufactured on 17.06.2011 and is currently unregistered. The Chassis Cab has been built with a 4×2 axle configuration and like all 300 series it uses a 4.0 Litre Common rail Turbocharged and intercooled diesel Engine.
    Based on the model 815  Hino 300 Chassis Cab has the following features: Euro 4  Engine, 100L Fuel Tank, 6 Speed Manual gearbox, Wide Cab, Double Passenger Seat, Central Locking, Exhaust Brake, Air Conditioning, ABS Anti-lock braking System, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), CD Player, 7500 Kgs GCW, Tyre Sizes: 215/75R17.5, Passenger and Driver Air Bags

    This chassis cab is in stock now and can be fitted with a body in 7 – 14 days. For further details Call Sales on 01506 440042 or  visit the link New Hino 300 815 7.5 Tonne 4×2 Chassis Cab 3000116.