Lorry drivers fit for road

Thursday, September 10, 2015

 

Nearly all lorry drivers stopped in the last year have completed their Driver Certificate of Competence (CPC) periodic training according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Figures from the DVSA showed that almost 99% of drivers stopped during roadside checks had completed their Driver CPC training and had a valid Driver CPC card with them.

Drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to keep their Driver CPC to drive a lorry, bus or coach. 

In the year since the deadline for existing lorry drivers to complete their first block of Driver CPC training, the DVSA has carried out more than 89,000 roadside checks and only 1,400 Driver CPC-related offences were recorded. 

DVSA enforcement service manager Gordon Macdonald, said: “The training helps all professional drivers to keep their skills and knowledge fully up to date. It also allows them to gain new skills such as first aid or eco-driving techniques, and can help to improve road safety as well as saving money for operators.”

Driving without a Driver CPC card, or failing to show it, carries a maximum fine of £1,000 – for both the driver and the operator licence holder.

Offences can also be referred to the traffic commissioner and could result in the operator’s licence being revoked.

 

Since September 2014:

  • 838 fixed penalties have been issued for Driver CPC offences

  • 266 drivers and operators have been prosecuted

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