The EU commission has this week reviewed the Driver CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) directive and now specifies that ‘a range of different subjects should be covered over the 35 hours’. Therefore, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) wishes to reemphasise that drivers must not unnecessarily repeat the same periodic training subjects within a rolling five-year period. DVSA and JAUPT will now monitor training provider uploads and driver records.
 
The Traffic Commissioners Office also takes a dim view of drivers failing to plan a suitable training regime and have stated:
“Driver CPC training should either be varied or specifically tailored to a driver’s weaknesses. Taking the same courses repeatedly is not good enough. Failing to put structured development plans in place for drivers not only increases the risk of an incident occurring but would reflect very poorly on an operator if they were called before a Traffic Commissioner.”
Drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep their (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus or coach and can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally if your Driver CPC expired before 1 March 2020.  Only approved CPC courses count towards periodic training and the minimum length of a training course is 7 hours.
 
Will Barnes Ltd is one of only four centres in Kent that already offers five different CPC driver training courses:
 
  • Digital Tachograph and Drivers Hours
  • Driver Behaviour, Customer Care and Company Image
  • Emergency Aid and Health and Safety
  • Safe Systems of Work and Safe Loading
  • Vehicle Defects Reporting and Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving Theory
 
The modules take place at our approved Sittingbourne training centre and are competitively priced at just £40 each (light refreshments included). They can also be taken via Zoom due to the current COVID situation. Courses run all week, to book your place please email training@willbarnesltd.co.uk or call the office on 01795 731009.