Driver CPC was introduced in 2008
Driver CPC was introduced in 2008 for bus and coach drivers and in 2009 for the haulage industry. Since then, over 420,000 drivers have started their training. But time is running out for those of you who haven't.
Driver CPC is not going away. All professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must complete 35 hours' training every five years to get qualified and stay qualified. The deadline for the bus and coach drivers to complete their first 35 hours of training is September 2013. Haulage drivers have until September 2014.
Waiting until the deadline is nearer brings no advantage - drivers will be covered by their training for five years from the deadline date, not the training date. By waiting until the deadline is nearer, drivers are in fact putting their qualification at risk a bottleneck of thousands of drivers needing training in the space of a year will result if the demand for training outstrips the supply.
Operators should focus on the benefits of what Driver CPC can do for their business and set up a training plan now to avoid having to remove drivers from the road if the deadline isn't met.
You can tailor the training to address some of your largest costs and threats. The benefits are considerable. Driver awareness training will lead to less wear and tear on vehicles and fewer accidents. You can organise training courses to reduce the chance of collisions or loads falling from trucks, or look at driving techniques to reduce fuel consumption, which could have significant paybacks for business.
Act now and Tyne and Wear Lgv will help keep your business moving. Our friendly team we help you with planning your Driver CPC training.