10th September 2019 sees the completion of the second phase of periodic training for acquired rights HGV drivers.
At the end of the first phase in September 2014 training companies struggled to accommodate the rush to complete the required 35 hours of periodic training as training bookings were left to the last minute.
This time round the situation appears to be a lot calmer. Companies have been more organised in planning their training more effectively within the 5 year period plus the number of new drivers coming into the industry is overtaking the number of acquired rights drivers, so training patterns are more flexible with new drivers coming into the industry starting their 35 hours of periodic training from the date they acquire their initial CPC.
Although rumours are flying around suggesting the Driver CPC will no longer be required after Brexit leaving the EU will have no effect on legislation relating to the driver CPC. All existing EU legislation, including Driver CPC legislation, will continue to be applied within the UK from the date of departure for the immediate future at least. Amendments may be introduced and long-term, subject to negotiation for access to the EU market, further reviews may introduce changes but there is no agenda to remove driver CPC. Therefore, as 10/09/19 approaches, please ensure all acquired rights drivers have completed their 35 hours of periodic training. A driver cannot drive professionally until the 35 hours are completed and must ensure 35 hours are completed within a 5 year period. If you fail to complete the 35 hours within the required timeframe you must check that the dates of previous courses attended will fall within a 5 year period.
Driver CPC is not going away so use it to invest in your drivers, choose wisely from the wide range of training courses available and ensure training programmes are in place for each driver’s 5 year period to keep your drivers up to date with legislation and best practice.