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Truck drivers must start CPC training soon, industry urges

By: Elizabeth Smythe
10 November 2011

The haulage industry is urging British truck drivers to commence Driver CPC training soon, to prevent a shortfall in qualified resources, Training Zone reports.

The mandatory Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced by the European Parliament and Council.

It comprises a training programme that aims to improve road safety, fuel efficiency and to "encourage driving as a career", according to the Freight Transport Association.

Drivers who were issued with a vocational licence for PCVs and LGVs before September 2008 - September 2009 need to complete 35 hours of training, to be repeated every five years.

However, there is a fear within the industry that insufficient numbers are taking up the training, which could result in a lack of legally-qualified drivers. Recent figures estimate that just 64 per cent will have completed the training by the time the requirement comes into force in 2014.

Industry insider Stuart Moss warned that although 2014 feels like a long way into the future, British drivers must start their training now if they want to avoid a "big shock".

"The transportation sector could face a crisis, as latecomers will create a surge in demand that can't possibly be met," he said. "There is already a shortage of trainers and there is a real danger that standards will suffer and that we'll see higher training course costs to access quality training."  

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