Driver CPC is to be reviewed

The government is carrying out a review of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to see how it can be improved to help ease driver shortages.

The review will be informed by input from a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of drivers, road transport operators, employers, trainers and road safety groups.

It is to explore whether different training requirements should apply for more seasoned drivers. The current requirement for 35 hours’ periodic training could be more evenly spread over the five-year period.

The review is to look at whether new drivers should cover a specific range of topics, as well as the scope of Driver CPC including where it includes non-professional drivers. It is to explore whether there should be more of an obligation for employers to support drivers with the cost of training. Another proposal to be explored by the review is that driver CPC qualifications obtained in the EU should continue to be recognised in the UK for drivers moving to live and work here.

The review has been announced after industry leaders have told the government that Driver CPC needs reform. The review is aimed at exploring how Driver CPC can be updated to reduce the burden on returning and new drivers, and ensure it does not act as a barrier to working in the sector while maintaining road safety standards.

Recommendations from the review are expected to be made by the end of the year.

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