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RHA to inform review of CPC training across the EU

By: William Hobson
09 December 2010

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) will play a prominent role in an upcoming EU-funded project assessing take up of driver CPC training across the EU.

This week the RHA announced that it has been part of a successful bidding team for an EU project assessing the provision of CPC training in the EU's member states, including the UK. The project will also review how legislation in member states has interpreted the EU mandate for training requirements in commercial driver jobs.

Alongside members of the International Road Transport Union, the RHA will sit on the steering committee that will manage and evaluate the project, says the RHA's director of Employment Affairs, Ruth Pott. The findings of the review are to be fed in the European Commission's first major assessment of how the EU Driver Training Directive has been transposed to individual nations within Europe.

"We are delighted to be participating in this important training initiative and look forward to seeing how other member states are managing the Driver CPC, how they will manage in 2014 if large numbers of drivers have not completed the training and the implications of future drivers skill shortages," said Ms Pott. 

The EU Driver Training Directive came into force just over a year ago, in September 2009. It requires all employees undertaking commercial driving work to complete a minimum of 35 hours of training every five years on an ongoing basis. Those who acquired their commercial driving licenses before the act came into force have been held exempt from the initial qualification requirement - but by 2014, all drivers in EU nations will be required to have undergone 35 hours of driver training in the last five years.

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