Driver CPC deadline. [1 month to go].
That’s right, it has already been 5 years since the introduction of the Certificate of Professional Competency (CPC) was introduced and vocational drivers had to earn their Driver Qualification Card (DQC). We are all now at the Driver CPC Deadline [1 month to go].
You need to check you DQC and check your date? If your card reads 9 Sept 2019 then you need to ensure that you have completed your 35 hours of training otherwise you will lose your right to drive vocationally.
There’s only one month to go for many professional lorry, bus and coach drivers to complete their 35 hours of periodic training, if their current Driver Qualification Card (DQC) expires on 9 September 2019.
It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without a valid DQC.
Following Brexit, professional drivers of lorries and buses will still need a valid DQC to drive professionally in the UK.
Missing the deadline
Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without a valid DQC. Operators also need to make sure their drivers hold a DQC. Find out more about what to do if a driver misses the training deadline.
Finding a training course
You can find training courses by visiting the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) website. Only courses taken with approved centres count towards periodic training.
Check how much training a driver’s done
Drivers can check how much training they’ve done and when they’ll get their next DQC on GOV.UK. They can also use this service to give their employer temporary access to their training record.
Find out more about Driver CPC training on GOV.UK.
Operators need to register their trailers
Commercial trailers weighing more than 750kg must now be registered before towing them to, or through, most international countries. Operators can register their trailer on the GOV.UK website.