‘Get qualified and don’t risk your livelihood’
‘Acquired rights’ drivers of coaches and buses have less than a month to make sure they have completed their training requirements or risk being fined and even losing their livelihood, DSA and VOSA warn. The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has also reiterated the need for operators to be aware of their drivers’ training hours and deadlines to avoid penalties. To remain within the rules, all drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every five years. The first deadline to do this is 10 September 2013.
Lead Traffic Commissioner on Driver CPC, Joan Aitken, said, ‘The bus and coach industry is now entering the most critical phase of this training, with only one month to go before the deadline expires. Drivers who have completed the required hours and worked hard to achieve the DQC can continue to provide vital services for the public after 9 September. But those who have yet to finish the training, and drivers who have not recorded any hours, must make sure they are qualified by the deadline if they want to carry on working in the industry. Traffic commissioners have made it clear that drivers and operators will be brought to their attention when there are offences of driving without a DQC or failing to produce it. This could result in driver and O licence sanctions. Our message is simple: get qualified and don’t risk your livelihood.’