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CPC shouldn't be left "until the last minute"

By: Deborah Bates
19 May 2011

Hauliers and logistics firms shouldn't leave their driver CPC training "until the last minute", according to one delivery network cited on Midlands Business News.

APC Overnight made the claims, arguing that the 2014 deadline for the mandatory CPC driver training was fast approaching and that transport companies should therefore get ahead of the game.

It also highlighted the importance of the actual training, with its transport manager, Surjit Ram, stating: "Without this essential qualification, drivers will simply be unable to drive."

"It is a big challenge for companies to get all their drivers qualified in time for the deadline and we urge our colleagues to start early to avoid the rush."

Ram also said that as demand was high, businesses should anticipate delays in getting all their drivers passed and qualified.

He backed this up by confirming his own company had beaten the rush, and went on to claim: "With every driver in the UK needing to reach these standards, we predict that examination centres are likely to be fully booked over the last year to 18 months before the licence becomes law."

"Although we are well ahead of the deadline, the licenses will be valid for the full five years from 2014," Ram concluded in Road Transport.

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