3rd May, 2012
Haulage companies are being advised to take a more proactive approach to ensuring drivers complete their 35 hours compulsory Driver CPC before the September 2014 deadline.
It is now over two years since the EU Directive was introduced compelling all LGV drivers to undertake 35 hours of periodic training within a five-year period in order to retain their vocational qualifications. However, training figures indicate that very few drivers have taken steps to implement the new training requirements.
There is a real risk that drivers who leave their 35 hours of training until the last minute will suffer from high-cost, low-quality training or there will not be enough places available on training courses to support the flood of last-minute applications.
Businesses that plan ahead will benefit from being able to arrange for drivers to undertake their training during quieter periods and ensure that all drivers are fully operational during peak periods. Having a training plan in place will help to minimise the impact that having drivers off the road will have on their business. Ensuring that drivers are well versed and updated on road traffic laws will also help business by ensuring there are fewer breaches of the regulations and fewer road accidents.
Businesses still feeling the effects of the recession may be delaying sending drivers on Driver CPC because they do not consider training to be a high priority for the business. Others may also be under the mistaken assumption that the September 2014 deadline may be extended or that the laws will change before the deadline is reached.
In any event this may a false economy. If drivers have been on relevant and up to date training there is less likelihood of drivers breaking the voluminous driving legislation. This in turn would reduce the likelihood of business being called before the Traffic Commissioner for such breaches. The Traffic Commissioners are now regularly placing undertakings on operator’s licences at PI requiring the implementation of a program of Driver CPC training. Annual refresher training on drivers’ hours and daily defect reporting is very much viewed as part of the standard undertakings so if training has to be given it might as well count for Driver CPC purposes.
It is advisable that companies start to implement the new training requirements sooner rather than later, as drivers who have not completed their 35 hours training by the September 2014 will lose their vocational driving entitlements and will be taken off the road.
For further information on the Driver CPC requirements, please contact Tim Culpin on 01244 405533 or by email to [email protected].
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