VOSA Shows Ever Greater Interest in Driver CPC
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With 18 months to go before the deadline, VOSA is placing ever greater importance on Driver Qualification Card acquisition for drivers with grandfather rights. Drivers who haven’t met the deadline will be called to a driver misconduct hearing where their licence will be suspended until they complete their training. They and their employers also face a £1,000 fine.
VOSA have also recently widened the net on who needs to complete the training, by announcing that the qualification is required for all drivers who take large goods vehicles to VOSA testing stations or designated premises or Authorised Testing Facilities for roadworthiness tests.
“This could cause problems for many transport operators who have their own maintenance section,” says Richard Armitage, Director of Driver Hire Training. “It’s normal practice to have a designated driver to do this; indeed at smaller operations it can be the workshop manager themselves. Whilst staff taking vehicles to testing stations will have the appropriate licence it’s unlikely that they will have undertaken any Driver CPC training
. This is because other tasks related to vehicle maintenance such as fault finding and testing are exempted by law. With less than two years to go to the Driver CPC deadline, this is going to put staff affected by this measure under pressure to complete the required 35 hours of training.”
To ensure drivers and employers understand the importance of Driver CPC
, VOSA inspectors are now handing out Driver CPC leaflets at roadside checks.