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VOSA must enforce CPC training regulations, expert says

By: Deborah Bates
16 February 2011

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has been accused of not keeping on top of driver training within the UK, by an industry expert.

Sean Pargeter has voiced his concerns to Road Transport, commenting that thousands of drivers throughout the UK have been driving without the necessary CPC qualification.

After obtaining the information via a Freedom of Information request, Pargeter decided to speak out: "Less than one-tenth of new entrants [to the industry] between September 2009 and September 2010 took the initial driver CPC."

"Even allowing for the fact that some drivers will need exempt from Initial Driver CPC [because they already have C1 or are exempt under Driver CPC rules] that still leaves a large number who need it but don't have it," he added.

He went on to say that a potential 10,000 HGV drivers could be operating as professional drivers illegally. This is worrying news and will hopefully prompt more employers to put their drivers through the appropriate training schemes.

VOSA has responded to Pargeter's claims, albeit with a slightly vague statement. They claimed their current focus was on educating existing drivers, ensuring they fully understand the rules associated with driving such heavy vehicles.

"As you would expect, very few encounters are with new entrants at this stage," a representative for the industry body said. "The vast majority are with existing licence holders."

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