The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence has been introduced to the UK through EU Directive 2009/59. It is a new qualification that all lorry, coach and bus drivers will need if they wish to drive professionally for a living. It has been introduced to improve the skills and knowledge of professional drivers. The directive has targeted certain areas for development, which include:
Improving road safety
Recognising, underpinning and developing the knowledge and skills that are needed for a professional driver to undertake his / her duties.
Keeping drivers up to date with new legislation applicable to them (i.e. drivers' hours, digital tachographs etc)
Raising the profile and professionalism of drivers and the transport industry.
The Driver CPC should not be confused with the Transport Manager’s qualification required for operator licensing. The two are mutually exclusive. The Transport Manager’s qualification is still currently valid ‘for life’ while the Driver’s CPC requires periodic training equating to 35 hours in every five year period. Thus a Transport Manager with a CPC who also holds an LGV licence, and wishes to keep it, will have to undertake the same 35 hours training as his / her drivers.
The Driver CPC is split into two areas, Initial and Periodic Training.
Initial Training applies to drivers who first passed a vocational driving entitlement after 10 September 2008 for PCV Drivers and 10 September 2009 for LGV Drivers. Such drivers may not drive commercially unless they have a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).
Periodic Training covers drivers who held a PCV / LGV licence prior to these dates or who have completed their initial DQC since then. These drivers must complete 35 hours of training over a five year period. For drivers who obtained their vocational licence prior to the dates above, the first deadline is 9th September 2014. Once they receive a DQC they will need to undertake another 35 hours’ training between 10th September 2014 and 9th September 2019. This cycle then repeats every five years.
For newly qualified drivers they have until the expiry date on their DQC to complete the next 35 hours
RLR Services offer block courses of 35 hours over a five day week and a day release (7 hours) option. Additionally there is an option to run courses ‘in house’ where customers can release sufficient drivers. Costs are available on request via our web form. Drivers attending block courses will be entitled to a 20% discount off the daily (7 hour) price. This will also apply to drivers who hold an ADR licence who are ‘topping up’ to attain the additional hours required.
Once drivers have attended an approved Driver CPC course, his / her details are recorded on the DSA database. As soon as 35 hours training have been completed the driver will receive his / her Driver CPC licence directly from DSA. It is a legal requirement that drivers must carry their Driver Qualification Cards at all times when driving a vehicle covered by the regulations. Failure to produce the certificate at the roadside could result in a fine of up to £1,000.
We have a portfolio of 7 hour and 3½ hour courses which allow customers to ‘pick and mix’ modules to suit their requirements as well as ADR which has been accepted by JAUPT as qualifying for up to 21 hours of periodic training.
We recognise that some of our clients may require specialist training to be included within their drivers’ periodic requalification. In many cases they will also employ suitably qualified personnel to deliver such training. It is our intention to work in partnership with our clients to deliver whatever training they require.
To this end we envisage that RLR would register the client’s specialist training course and trainer with JAUPT (rather than the client having to register its own approval at a cost of £1500.00) and carry out all the administration functions for the course on behalf of the client. This training can then be dovetailed with RLR’s ‘off the shelf’ packages to complete the drivers’ training within the five year period.
This will allow clients to manage their drivers’ training in the most cost effective manner.
We offer a free service to schedule driver training on customers’ behalf to ensure minimum disruption to their operations. The customer provides names, licence numbers, dates of birth and length of service – we will advise on the most cost effective training programme. Discounts will be available for block bookings.
The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) is responsible for the implementation of the Driver CPC within the UK, and the courses offered by RLR Services will be delivered in accordance with the syllabus and approval of the DSA.
It is envisaged that during periodic training a driver will have covered some of the following topics:-
1 Advanced training in rational driving based on safety regulations
1.1. Objective: to know the characteristics of the transmission system in order to make the best possible use of it. (LGV & PCV)
1.2. Objective: to know the technical characteristics and operation of the safety controls in order to control the vehicle, minimise wear and tear and prevent disfunctioning. (LGV & PCV)
1.3. Objective: ability to optimise fuel consumption. (LGV & PCV)
1.4. Objective: ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use. (LGV)
1.5. Objective: ability to ensure passenger comfort and safety. (PCV)
1.6. Objective: ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use. (LGV & PCV)
2. Application of regulations
2.1. Objective: to know the social environment of road transport and the rules governing it. (LGV & PCV)
2.2. Objective: to know the regulations governing the carriage of goods. (LGV)
2.3. Objective: to know the regulations governing the carriage of passengers. (PCV)
3. Health, road and environmental safety, service, logistics
3.1. Objective: to make drivers aware of the risks of the road and of accidents at work. (LGV & PCV)
3.2. Objective: ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants. (LGV & PCV)
3.3. Objective: ability to prevent physical risks. (LGV & PCV)
3.4. Objective: awareness of the importance of physical and mental ability. (LGV & PCV)
3.5. Objective: ability to assess emergency situations. (LGV & PCV)
3.6. Objective: ability to adopt behaviour to help enhance the image of the company. (LGV & PCV)
3.7. Objective: to know the economic environment of road haulage and the organisation of the market. (LGV)
3.8. Objective: to know the economic environment of the carriage of passengers by road and the organisati on of the market. (PCV)