With three months until the deadline for the HGV Driver CPC, FTA has said there’s still time to get it done in time and operators should not delay but book the relevant training for their drivers today.
10 September 2014 is the final date for HGV drivers to complete the mandatory 35 hours training in order to meet the approved Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training.
In the UK, drivers can achieve the requisite 35 hours training, in any year, up until the September deadline. This was introduced to provide drivers and operators with maximum flexibility. It has also meant, that apart from the most forward-thinking, the first two years of the cycle were slow to get going and has meant a significant minority in the industry are now playing catch up.
At the beginning of 2014, FTA saw an increase in the rate drivers registered for training with almost 15,000 new drivers who decided it was time to make a start on Driver CPC registering in the month of February alone.
June Powell, FTA’s Director of Compliance Management said: “FTA members have been sensibly balancing the requirement to keep the Driver CPC training schedule on plan whilst not wanting to train all their drivers too soon and risk losing them to job-market competitors who may pay marginally more in wages. It’s also become apparent that FTA members are looking for courses which fit with their own business needs and ultimately will represent a return on investment.”
According to DVSA figures, at the beginning of May approximately 750,000 HGV and PCV drivers were active on its driver training database, with an excess of 10,000 drivers coming onto the system every month.
FTA is recognised within the industry as a leading provider of DCPC training, and in order to help meet demand is offering many training options to operators including an additional a series of Saturday and complete week training events. The Association offers a full list of Driver CPC training courses, and still has availability for those who need to complete a lot of training in a short amount of time – but companies need to act quickly.
Ms Powell added: “The clear message from FTA to anyone who hasn’t completed their Driver CPC training yet – even if they haven’t started it – is that it’s not too late. We are ready and able to support and work with operators to ensure that they beat the September Driver CPC deadline, whether that be by course delivery or by providing the necessary material so that companies can do it themselves. The FTA message to anyone needing advice on Driver CPC is that we can help you to be ready in time. In addition to our public courses which run nationwide, FTA provides in company training which many operators find is a more cost effective way to train.”
With the three month deadline imminent, FTA has also repeated its warning to all freight operators that they should expect no exemptions or last minute reprieve, stating that the DVSA will enforce Driver CPC and the Traffic Commissioners will take action against drivers and operators who do not take it seriously.
Information on FTA Driver CPC training courses is available on the FTA website athttp://www.fta.co.uk/services/training/, by emailing email@example.com or calling 08717 11 22 22.
FTA Driver CPC Training – Saturday Courses:
12th July – Coventry
12th July – Lancing
26th July – Wisbech
2nd August - Croydon
9th August – Croydon
23rd August – Coventry
6th September – Wisbech
FTA Week Long – 5x1 day Driver CPC Training locations:
European Directive 2003/59/EC requires the initial and continuous training of vocational drivers and is referred to as a Driver CPC. The qualification applies to new drivers acquiring a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence from 10 September 2008 and for drivers acquiring a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence from 10 September 2009. Those already holding a vocational licence on these dates were given acquired rights in relation to the initial qualification, however all drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years.
Further information on Driver CPC is available on the FTA website at: