The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) may not be everyone’s favourite topic, but it would appear that even with Britain leaving the EU it’s here to stay and if you want to keep within the rules and avoid a fine of up to £1000, it’s something you’ll need to take seriously.
What is the Driver CPC?
From 2009, all drivers who drive a lorry, bus or coach for a living, must undertake 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep their skills up to date and help keep Britain’s roads safe.
What does the training cover?
The Driver CPC syllabus aims to keep drivers up to date on things like how to:
• Load vehicles safely and securely
• Make sure passengers are comfortable and safe
• Apply the rules about professional driving, e.g. drivers’ hours
• Assess emergency situations and give first aid
• Optimise fuel consumption
• Prevent trafficking in illegal immigrants
What’s the Driver Qualification Card?
You get a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) when you pass the Driver CPC initial qualification, or complete 35 hours of periodic training. You must carry this whilst driving a large goods vehicle or passenger-carrying vehicle professionally. Failure to do so, will result in a £50 fixed penalty.
CPC Training with Savanna
We understand how important CPC training is to your driving career. That’s why we offer a wide range of easily accessible courses that comply with the CPC syllabus and offer on hand advice for which ones are most suitable for you.
For current CPC course dates, see CPC Course Dates October to November
Find out about further driver training opportunities with Savanna.