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 www.jaupt.org.uk
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 gov.uk 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 gov.uk:
“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: http://www.olmc.eu/transportnews/driver-cpc-exemption-confusion.php