Tachodisc In The News
Both Drivers and employers risk DCPC fines
Karen Crispe, Tachodisc’s Managing Director, has confirmed that both drivers AND operators risk being fined up to £1000 EACH if drivers do not carry their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) whilst driving professionally after September 2014.
By September 2014, lorry drivers will need to obtain a Driver CPC, which requires completing 35 hours of periodic training before this date. On completion of 35 hours training, drivers will be sent a DQC to prove they hold the Driver CPC.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has also stated that drivers will be legally required to carry their DQC whilst driving professionally. Not carrying the DQC whilst driving professionally or failing to produce it when asked to so by the police or VOSA enforcement officers will be an offence, as will be driving without a Driver CPC.
Karen says: “Until now it has been unclear as to what the penalties would be for failing to complete Driver CPC by the 2014 deadline. The DSA announcement that both drivers and employers face fines of up to £1000 each sends out a strong message, enforcing the importance of Driver CPC. With employers at risk too, the responsibility for completing 35 hours of training cannot just lie with the driver anymore.”
For further information on Driver CPC and the courses available from Tachodisc visit www.tachodisc.co.uk/training