Driver survey highlights CPC disqualification time bomb

ALMOST one in four professional drivers could be disqualified from commercial driving because they don’t understand the need to complete Driver CPC training, it is claimed.


An IAM Drive & Survive poll of over 300 drivers shows that 24% of drivers don’t realise that failing to take the training on time will lead to their disqualification from professional driving. Unqualified drivers will also have their vehicles seized.


A total of 62% of drivers think that the biggest risk of failing to complete the DriverCPCtraining is ‘a risk of drivers not being allowed to drive professionally’.


Since September 2009, all LGV and PCV drivers are required to complete 35 hours of training every five years, to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel efficient drivers. For PCV drivers the deadline is September 2013 and for LGV drivers it is September 2014.


Although 26% of respondents said that they were part of DriverCPCprogrammes, nearly a fifth had not yet taken any action, or were postponing their training until next year.


That means that thousands of drivers will be applying for training next year in the run-up to the deadline, which will cause capacity issues for driver training organisations.


Attitudes towards DriverCPCwere also mixed:

  • 38% said that it was a bureaucratic nuisance, but they accepted they must do it
  • 29% agreed withCPC, and
  • 25% thought it was a waste of time and effort.


IAM Drive & Survive head of training Simon Elstow said: ‘Whether they agree with it, or not, commercial drivers must take the DriverCPCif they are to keep working. With so many companies putting off their training until the last minute, there will be drivers who miss out simply because they’ve left it too late.’


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