Driver CPC can now be bypassed
Professional drivers wanting to make a return to the industry can bypass Driver CPC training and sit part of the initial qualification instead in an effort to solve the driver shortage.
It means that drivers with acquired rights who did not complete their 35 hours periodic training by September 2014
can now sit modules two and four of the initial qualification and gain their driver qualification card (DQC).
In an email to one driver trainer, the DVSA said: “Since the acquired rights deadline has passed the DVSA has received requests from members of the public who wish to return to vocational driving, asking how they can obtain a DQC.
The change in policy has received a mixed response from the industry.
Alec Horner, chief executive of the Association of Trainers, said he was baffled about why the change “dripped out” via a truck drivers’ forum and then onto social media, but he added that it was a “positive move”.
“It’s trying to get people back into the industry. But some trainers may see it as a threat to their short term business if they’re offering the 35 hours,” Horner added.
However, he warned: “It’s not the gift horse it seems; module 2 has a 43% pass rate. The other issue is that with module 4 you need a vehicle.”
Driver CPC trainer Sean Barlow described the DVSA’s decision as “a bit of a stab in the back” for drivers who completed their 35 hours training by the deadline: “I am very disappointed. They set this thing up badly in the first instance. It’s another thing that they have done after the doors have been closed.”
In response, the DVSA told CM that following adoption of the practice for bus drivers, after talks begun in 2013, it had now decided to provide the flexibility to professional truck drivers.
“We are offering more flexibility for bus and lorry drivers who are returning to the industry, by giving them the option of sitting the Driver CPC initial qualification tests in order to get their first Driver CPC qualification.
“After qualifying, all drivers must complete 35 hours of training within five years to maintain their qualification and continue driving professionally,”