All HGV drivers will be aware of the change in legislation regarding new periodic training rules which came into force on 10 September 2014.
Regulations now state that every driver of lorries, buses and coaches must complete 35 hours of training every five years in order to stay qualified and keep doing what they love – driving.
What did roadside checks reveal?
After roadside HGV checks, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) released these figures: ‘99% of drivers that were stopped had completed their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training and were carrying their valid Driver CPC card’.
Over 89,000 roadside checks were carried out between 11 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 and only 1,400 CPC related offences were recorded by the DVSA. This is fantastic news as it shows that most HGV drivers are complying with the new periodic training rules.
Well done to Logistics Managers and HGV drivers!
What the FTA had to say:
Head of Licensing Policy and Compliance Information, James Firth, had this to say:
“FTA is pleased to see these figures today which reflect what we had expected. Since the September 2014 deadline passed the picture from the DVSA roadside checks has been that compliance levels are high, and these figures illustrate the message the freight industry has embraced Driver CPC.
“There have been some massive changes in legislation affecting drivers in the past 12 months, so whilst industry is compliant we believe that the best way to keep up-to-date with this is to take Driver CPC at a day a year.”
Launch of a new training prospectus
To follow these checks, the FTA are launching a new training prospectus with a warning to HGV operators to keep up-to-date with their CPC training. Full details of what their prospectus will include can be found here.
Make sure that you keep up with regulation changes…
This hasn’t been the only change to regulations within the past year; changes were also made to driver hours and rest periods. Ensure that you’re up to date with these alterations by taking a look at this blog: HGV driving hours: Driving limits, breaks and rest periods explained.
At Employ – we always have your best interests as a driver at heart and will ensure that you are up to date with your CPC training and are always driving under the legal time limits. If you’re interested in working for Employ, take a look at the current vacancies that we have to offer here.