More than half of RHA members have commenced driver CPC training
By: William Hobson
09 November 2010
Over half of the members of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) have commenced driver CPC training, a new membership survey shows.
The CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) regime of driver training is required for all those starting LGV, HGV or PCV driving jobs after September 2008 (PCVs) or September 2009 (LGV/HGVs). Those who obtained their license prior to this have been automatically granted their initial qualification under the CPC scheme but were given a deadline of September 2014 to undertake the 35 hours of mandatory training required by all commercial drivers every five years.
According to the RHA's survey, some 60% of its members have already commenced their CPC training - far in advance of the deadline. Furthermore some 90% of these members plan to still be in employment in logistics work in five years time.
"When the deadline for this particular piece of legislation is reached, it will be an industry whose drivers are among the safest and most compliant of all road users," says Geoff Dunning, chief executive of the RHA.
The CPC regime applies to all of the member states of the European Union and when conducting driving work in any of them, drivers are required to carry evidence of a valid CPC. Until September 2014 those with acquired rights are able to use their existing vocational driving licences in place of the Driver Qualification Card (DQC) issued at the end of training.
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