All professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must have completed their first block of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) periodic training by today (10 September) to continue working.
Over 664,000 drivers have completed the 35 hours of training they need to continue driving professionally.
DVSA’s Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, thanked the bus, coach and haulage industry for their support with this scheme: “By keeping their skills up to date professional drivers are helping to make Britain’s roads amongst the safest in the world.”
Joan Aitken, lead Traffic Commissioner on Driver CPC, also praised the industry for their hard work on reaching this milestone: “Trainers, drivers and employers have worked hard to ensure drivers are qualified in time. For those operators and drivers who have not caught up with this deadline, the message has to be: Get this sorted now.”
We are working to enforce these rules fairly. Drivers without a DQC or who fail to produce it will be fined a maximum of £1,000 – as will the operator licence holder – and referred to the Traffic Commissioner to consider further action. This could include suspending the driver’s and the operator’s licences.