Missed the deadline?
By the time you read this, the deadline by which drivers of coaches and buses with ‘acquired rights’ must have completed their first block of Driver CPC periodic training has passed. Existing bus or coach drivers who got their vocational licence before 10 September 2008 were awarded these rights, which means they do not have to take the initial qualification but had five years in which to complete their first block of 35 hours periodic training. VOSA officers are now routinely checking whether ‘acquired rights’ bus and coach drivers have completed their training and have a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) or are driving illegally. The latest statistics (up to the end of August) show that 241,930 drivers have now completed 35 hours periodic training and been issued with a DQC. They also show that 661,820 have started doing periodic training. In total it is estimated that 500,000 to 750,000 bus, coach and lorry drivers require Driver CPC.
DSA and VOSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said, ‘I’d like to thank the bus, coach and haulage industry for their support so far; that includes the drivers and operators who’ve committed to the training and the wider industry who’ve been invaluable in helping to introduce Driver CPC. I hope the LGV industry will now continue this commitment over the coming months as we work towards their deadline next September. Driver CPC makes a valuable contribution to road safety as well as making savings for the industry. VOSA officers will be checking Driver CPC status and not being aware of Driver CPC is no excuse.’