Published Date: Monday July 15th, 2019
For many professional lorry, bus or coach drivers in the UK, the deadline to complete their driver CPC periodic training and maintain their current card is approaching.
Drivers who haven’t already done so, need to make sure they have completed 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September, 2019.
Driver CPC applies to most professional drivers of haulage vehicles in excess of 3.5 tonnes or passenger vehicles with more than nine seats.
It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). Fines of up to £1,000 can be imposed.
Training courses can be found by visiting the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) website. Only courses taken with approved centres count towards periodic training.
Drivers can check how much training they’ve done and when they’ll get their next Driver CPC card using the online driver enquiry service. They can also give their employer temporary access to their training record.
“If you wait until the expiry date to start thinking about attending Driver CPC courses, you'll find won't be legal to drive until you have completed all 35 hours,” Su Winch, the MD of Novadata, warned. “Leaving your training until the last minute is also a bad idea, as courses close to the most common renewal dates in September always fill up fast.”