Driver CPC (LGV) 7 Hour attendance Course Dates

The following dates are now available to book using the contact form directly below the dates.

Wednesday February 13th 2019 (Course title TBC)

Friday February 15th 2019 (Digital Tachographs)

Monday February 25th 2019 (Drivers Hours)

Wednesday 27th February 2019 (Driver Safety)

Friday 1st March 2019 (Manual Handling)

Saturday 2nd March 2019 (First Aid)

Monday 4th March 2019 (Driver Essentials)

Wednesday 6th March 2019 (Digital Tachographs)

Friday 8th March 2019 (Drivers Hours)

Saturday 9th March 2019 (First Aid)

First Aid courses are accredited through Highfield ABC and are fully certificated

Contact Steve for further details on future courses and the venues.

There is a £10-00 Non-Refundable deposit required for each attendee per course and the remaining £65-00 per course is payable on the day of the course. Payments can be Cash, cheque or Card Payment taken on day of course at the venue.

Do you work in the road haulage or passenger carrying industry? Are you struggling to understand “What is Driver CPC?”  If so this blog will guide you through all you need to know to make sure you comply with this important issue – especially as the deadline is round the corner, on 9th September 2018/19.

What is Driver CPC?

The most important thing to know is that professional bus, coach and lorry drivers are now required to hold a Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) licence in addition to a vocational driving licence. So whether you’re coming into the industry new, are an existing driver or are responsible for a fleet of drivers, it is imperative that you are aware of how to comply with Driver CPC legislation and the correct licensing of drivers.

The aims of Driver CPC

The main aim of Driver CPC is to ensure better trained drivers, who are up to date with current legislation, and to help reduce road casualties – ultimately resulting in improved road safety.

The main business benefit to you, as an employer, is increased productivity and lower fleet maintenance costs in the form of:

  • Lower insurance premiums due to fewer accidents
  • Less business interruption due to fewer accidents
  • Less wear and tear on vehicles due to better driving behaviour
  • Increased fuel economy
  • Improved staff retention

Who needs Driver CPC? Passenger carrying industry

Who needs Driver CPC?

All prospective and existing professional drivers of lorries, buses and coaches are affected by this.  So, whether hiring a new recruit or managing the transition to CPC certified drivers, it is essential that you are aware of what this new licensing requirement involves, and complete these requirements by the 10th September 2014.

How to comply with Driver CPC regulations

The Driver CPC Initial Qualification route is for any new drivers hoping to enter the road haulage or passenger carrying industries.

Initial qualification consists of 4 parts, all of which drivers must pass to qualify.

  • Part 1 – theory test (this includes a multiple-choice and hazard perception test)
  • Part 2 – Driver CPC case studies test
  • Part 3 – driving ability test
  • Part 4 – Driver CPC practical demonstration test

If successful, your drivers will be issued with a driver qualification card which must be kept with them at all times when driving professionally, and which will be valid for five years.

Periodic Driver CPC Training

Following initial qualification drivers must then complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years, if they want to keep their Driver CPC status.  Drivers can check online for the number of hours of CPC training that they have completed.

Only training that has been approved and delivered by a JAUPT registered provider will count towards certification.  Driver CPC Courses will qualify drivers for a minimum of seven hours for a one day course up to the full 35 hours for a 5 day course. Courses can be selected to not only fulfil driver CPC, but also to enhance drivers’ skills and deliver essential driver training.  Popular courses which have been accredited include:

LGV  (total 14 x 3.5 hour modules)

  1. Drivers’ Hours & Working Time + Digital Tachographs
  2. Driver Safety and Wellbeing + Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  3. Eco Driving On Road Practical Part one + Part two (two drivers only)
  4. Customer Care (LGV) + Defensive Driving (LGV)
  5. Safe Loading (LGV) + Vehicle Security
  6. Walkround Checks + Manual Handling and Security
  7. Driver Legal Requirements + Driver Essentials

PCV Coach (total 15 x 3.5 hour modules)

  1. Drivers’ Hours & Working Time + Digital Tachographs
  2. Driver Safety and Wellbeing + Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  3. Eco Driving On Road Practical Part one + Part two (two drivers only)
  4. Walkround Checks +Manual Handling and Security
  5. Customer Care (PCV) Pt 1 + The School Run (PCV) or + Disability Awareness (PCV) (3 x 3.5 hour modules)
  6. Driver Legal Requirements + Driver Essentials
  7. Dealing with Emergencies and Vehicle Evacuation

PCV Bus (total 14 x 3.5 hour modules)

  1. Driver Safety and Wellbeing + Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  2. Eco Driving On Road Practical Parts one + two (two drivers only)
  3. Walkround Checks + Vehicle Security
  4. Customer Care (PCV) Part 1 + The School Run or + Disability Awareness (PCV) or + ‘All Aboard’
  5. Driver Legal Requirements + Driver Essentials
  6. Dealing with Emergencies and Vehicle Evacuation

Also, registered which require special training/authorisation:-

  • First Aid one day – 7 hours LGV & PCV

Driver CPC grandfather rights

If you currently employ drivers who already hold a vocational licence they will not need to take the initial qualification route if they gained their licences before September 2008 for bus and coach drivers or September 2009 for lorry drivers. Their previous experience is accepted as equal to initial qualification.

Driver CPC deadlines - September 2013
Driver CPC – Time is running out!

However, these drivers are required to complete the 35 hours of periodic training, and it may fall upon you to ensure that drivers complete this training by the upcoming deadlines:

PCV/Bus Drivers: 10th September 2013 (Initially)

Lorry Drivers: 10th September 2014 (Initially)

Existing drivers will only receive their driver qualification card when they have completed their 35 hours of periodic training. This will be valid until 9th September 2018 for PCV drivers and 9th September 2019 for LGV drivers.

All drivers are then required to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to continue driving for a living.

Driver CPC exemptions

Whilst Driver CPC regulations will apply to the vast majority of cases there are certain instances where exemptions apply. Drivers do not need a Driver CPC licence if the vehicle they drive:

  • Has a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 28mph
  • Is used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • Is undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes
  • Is a new or rebuilt vehicle which has not yet been put into service
  • Is used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
  • Is used for driving lessons for those wanting to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC
  • Is used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use
  • Is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver’s principal activity

Driver CPC enforcement penalties will apply

Diver CPC enforcement

Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. Your drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status. If found driving without a Driver Qualification Card, (or a valid driving licence, if they have acquired/grandfather rights), they will be liable for penalties.

In short employers will not be able to use drivers who are not Driver CPC compliant.

 Share your Driver CPC Experience

With every new piece of legislation, confusion and a change in work practices are almost always inevitable – how are you coping with the introduction of Driver CPC licences? Are you on top of periodic training for acquired rights drivers?  We’d love to hear about your experiences and of course for you to share your tips on how best to cope with this change – please leave your comments below.

URGENT: The deadline for completing your 35 hours of periodic training is 10th September 2018/19. The following courses can help you make up any remaining hours contact on the enquiry form below:

LGV  (total 14 x 3.5 hour modules)

  1. Drivers’ Hours & Working Time + Digital Tachographs
  2. Driver Safety and Wellbeing + Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  3. Eco Driving On Road Practical Part one + Part two (two drivers only)
  4. Customer Care (LGV) + Defensive Driving (LGV)
  5. Safe Loading (LGV) + Vehicle Security
  6. Walkround Checks + Manual Handling and Security
  7. Driver Legal Requirements + Driver Essentials

PCV Coach (total 15 x 3.5 hour modules)

  1. Drivers’ Hours & Working Time + Digital Tachographs
  2. Driver Safety and Wellbeing + Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  3. Eco Driving On Road Practical Part one + Part two (two drivers only)
  4. Walkround Checks +Manual Handling and Security
  5. Customer Care (PCV) Pt 1 + The School Run (PCV) or + Disability Awareness (PCV) (3 x 3.5 hour modules)
  6. Driver Legal Requirements + Driver Essentials
  7. Dealing with Emergencies and Vehicle Evacuation

PCV Bus (total 14 x 3.5 hour modules)

  1. Driver Safety and Wellbeing + Drugs & Alcohol Awareness
  2. Eco Driving On Road Practical Parts one + two (two drivers only)
  3. Walkround Checks + Vehicle Security
  4. Customer Care (PCV) Part 1 + The School Run or + Disability Awareness (PCV) or + ‘All Aboard’
  5. Driver Legal Requirements + Driver Essentials
  6. Dealing with Emergencies and Vehicle Evacuation

Also, registered which require special training/authorisation:-

  • First Aid one day – 7 hours LGV & PCV