121 PSV drivers fined over Driver CPC
Since the introduction of Driver CPC, 245 drivers have received a fixed penalty for failing to produce evidence of the training at the roadside, of which 121 were PSV drivers and 124 HGV drivers. 22 of these were foreign drivers who should have had a Driver CPC. DVSA have also reported 143 cases to the court for prosecution involving 123 defendants (drivers and operators). Of these, 23 were from the bus and coach industry and the remainder were from the haulage sector. The majority of these cases were successfully prosecuted with fines of up to £1,000. Some prosecutions were in relation to multiple offences. Driving without the Driver Qualification Card (DQC), or failing to produce it, carries a maximum fine of £1,000 for both the driver and the operator licence holder. These offences are referred to the Traffic Commissioner, who will then consider what action to take. This could include suspending the driver’s licence and/or the operator’s licence.