Driver CPC – Proposed Changes?

The Driver CPC was introduced across Europe for Large Goods Vehicle licence holders from 10 September 2009.  It became applicable both for drivers already holding an LGV vocational licence and for new drivers acquiring an LGV licence.  Without it, a driver is unable to drive LGV’s professionally.
The current UK position results in a number of people who drive LGVs or PCVs as part of their work, but who never carry passengers or goods for commercial gain, requiring a Drive CPC, and that requirement is perceived to be a disproportionate burden.
The Driving Standards Agency has recently released a consultation about the proposed limited changes to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC).
Proposals to widen the scope of the DCPC exemptions
The Government is seeking views about the following proposals to widen the scope of the DCPC exemptions:
Proposal 1: exempt drivers of a vehicle that is being driven with the permission of the vehicle operator and where the following four additional conditions are also met:

  • within 50 kilometres of the driver’s base;
  • no goods or passengers are carried;
  • the vehicle is not being used for ‘hire or reward’; and
  • driving such vehicles is not the driver’s principal activity.

Proposal 2: exempt vehicles attending a VOSA test centre (including VOSA authorised testing facilities).  It would be expected that the vehicle was attending a pre-booked inspection and on a reasonably direct route.

European Consultation
The European Commission is also consider the impact of Driver CPCs on the industry.  They are asking how effective it is, what it’s contribution to road safety is and what specific actions could improve its effectiveness.

For advice on Driver CPC’s, or for any other transport law advice, contact Jared Dunbar at Dyne Solicitors on 01829 773 100

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