Driver CPC regulations has resulted in Oplas Transport Consultancy, having many requests for information in relation to their interpretation & on compliance to the regulations.
Therefore please find a basic summary below, in regards to Driver CPC Regulations. Whether you are an Operator Licence Holder, Transport Manager CPC Holder, or a Professional Driver, we hope this information will be helpful.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Qualification or Driver CPC as it is more commonly known by. Is a qualification that is compulsory for all lorry, bus and coach drivers, who drive such types of vehicles professionally.
Drivers must carry a card, known as DQC (Driver Qualification Card) with them at all times, as evidence that they are capable of driving their vehicle responsibly. A driver can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without having a driver qualification card (DQC) with them, also drivers can be fined up to £1000.
Driver CPC Exemptions
There are certain circumstances which result in a driver, not needing to have the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification whilst operating a certain type of vehicle, or operating a vehicle under certain conditions. You can find a full current list of these exemptions on Oplas Dedicated website in relation to Drivers CPC Regulations (website user will be able to click & go to www.driverscpcregulations.co.uk/drivers-regulation-rules-certificate-of-professional-competence)
Or if you need more help deciding, whether a Driver’s CPC Certificate of Professional Competence qualification is required, by you or your drivers. Oplas Transport Consultancy would be happy to give more formal advice.
Obtaining Certificate of Professional Competence Qualification Card, the Process
Newly Qualified Vocational Drivers
If you have never driven professionally before, you will need to pass the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence initial qualification test. This consists of four main parts: a theory test; a driver case studies test, a driving ability test, and a driver practical demonstration test.
The candidate must pass the first initial theory test (Part 1) & then a Case Studies test (Part
2) Moving forward to the driving ability test (Part 3), & final completing the practical demonstration test (Part 4). Parts 1 and 2 can be completed in any order; as can Parts 3 and 4.
Qualified Vocational Drivers
If you are already a professional lorry, bus or coach driver, your past experience is counted as the equivalent of taking the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence initial qualification. This is the case if you are a lorry driver and got your vocational licence before September I 0 2009, or before September 10 2008 for bus and coach drivers.
Maintaining Your Drivers CPC Qualification Card
You will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years in order to maintain your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, Qualification Card (DQC). This periodic training can be done at any approved training centre across the UK.
Role of Oplas Transport Consultancy
Oplas Transport Consultancy is an independent consultancy firm, specializing in road transport management and regulation compliance.
With transparent, straightforward advice, we lead our clients’ transport operations to be compliant with current regulations, as well as prepare them for possible future amendments in the law.
If would like to know more about the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence qualification, or Driver CPC. You can go to our website which has more detail information on Driver CPC Regulations, by clicking the link below:
Also you can get in touch with Oplas Transport Consultancy today, using the contact details shown on this website.