AS 2014 begins concerns are rising within the logistics industry that around 500,000 truck drivers still need to undertake compulsory Driver CPC training.
According to the latest figures from the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) just 300,000 out of 800,000 professional drivers thought to be affected by the EU directive have completed their training despite the change coming into force from September 10.
Katie Austin, compliance manager at leading Midlands logistics training and recruitment company Employ Recruitment UK, said they have already experience high demand for their January Driver CPC courses.
“Places on our January courses are booking up fast,” she added, “yet there are still a lot of small hauliers and owner drivers who are putting off this vital training.
“But the problem with leaving it to the last minute is that demand will grow as the deadline approaches while course availability disappears.
“This inevitably means some drivers will end up being fined for non compliance when they’re stopped during DVSA roadside checks.
“With a fine of up to £1,000 for each transgression and a licence suspension at stake, it really isn’t worth any professional driver or operator taking the risk.”
She added that 72% of ERUK’s own current active drivers had already completed the full 35 hours of training required, with a total of 245 drivers completing training with ERUK during the last three months of 2013.
“As a national CPC training provider we understand that drivers, and their employers, need training which is flexible enough to fit around working demands which is why we offer weekend and five day intensive courses for those needing to complete their CPC all in one go.”
“We appreciate drivers need to work to earn money, but the training needs to be completed to continue driving after September 2014, while transport managers and supervisors also need to ensure they meet competence standards and achieve their Transport Managers Road Haulage CPC qualification which we can also provide.”
Courses at Employ Recruitment UK are delivered at their on-site training suite by trainers with over 20 years experience within the HGV haulage sector.
Modules focus on day-to-day real life working scenarios including fuel efficiency and safe driving, tachograph regulations, vehicle maintenance, daily checks and driver wellbeing.
For more information about the training courses available with Employ Recruitment UK Ltd call them on 01335 346800 or log on to www.employrecruitment.co.uk for a full list of courses and dates for 2014.