DSA warns on Driver CPC training deadlines

You must do (Driver CPC) Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training if you’re a lorry, bus or coach driver.

You face being fined up to £1,000 and even losing your livelihood if you don’t finish your training in time, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has warned.

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has also reminded operators to be aware of their drivers’ training hours and deadlines to avoid penalties.

Majority taking periodic training

DSA’s Chief Executive Rosemary Thew said:

Great Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world and one of the ways we aim to keep them so is by encouraging all drivers to keep their skills up to date. This is particularly important for professional drivers.

It is encouraging to see that the majority of bus, coach and lorry drivers who need Driver CPC are participating in periodic training. We urge all professional drivers and their employers to be aware of the deadlines and make sure they will be able to comply.

Joan Aitken, lead Traffic Commissioner on Driver CPC, said:

This is a critical time for any bus or coach driver who has not started or completed their Driver CPC. It is not an optional extra for drivers – it is a must.

Operators must make sure that their drivers have done the training. The consequences of not doing this could be loss of livelihood and action against operator licences.

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