The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says that lorry drivers have complied with the training deadline it set when the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced.
The Driver CPC was introduced in 2008 for bus and coach drivers and 2009 for lorry drivers.
While new drivers who drive for a living had to start taking the Driver CPC initial qualification from then, existing drivers were given ‘acquired rights’ which took their previous experience into account.
However, to stay within the rules, all drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every five years, and DVSA figures show that lorry drivers with acquired rights will complete their first block of periodic training by 10 September 2014.
Before Driver CPC was introduced, industry stakeholders were asked how many professional bus, coach and lorry drivers would need it. Their estimate was between 500,000 and 750,000. This figure was then revised following the exemption covering 75,000 valets and fitters to between 425,000 and 675,000 drivers.
The DVSA’s current figures show that nearly 800,000 are engaged in Driver CPC and just over 564,000 have completed their 35 hours’ training. Nearly 50,000 drivers completed their training in July 2014 alone.