Under a new European Union Directive, anybody who drives a heavy-duty vehicle for a living needs to hold a Driver CPC qualification alongside their vocational driving licence.
The Driver CPC Periodic Training Requirement is a great opportunity for the drivers to keep their skills set current, and build valuable new skills to improve and further their career.
Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with 9 seats or more must usually obtain a Driver CPC. The restrictions and requirements are different for various drivers depending on when they passed their driving test.
Drivers that have passed their car test before January 1997, and have a C1 or 7.5 ton entitlement on their license, don’t need to take the Driver CPC Initial Qualification.
Drivers that have passed the car test after January 1997, and are using their license for work, will need to take the Driver CPC. This change in legislation which took place in September 2009.LGV Licences issued from September 2009.
Any driver who obtained their LGV license before September 2009 and wants to drive for a living, needs to complete Periodic Training. Any driver who obtained their LGV license after September 2009 has 5 years to complete 35 hours periodic training from the date of completion of the Driver CPC Initial Qualification.The legislation affects anyone who intends to drive a HGV / LGV vehicle for a living. However if you only intend to drive for personal use (e.g. driving a horsebox or hiring a vehicle to move personal possessions) and are over 21 – the legislation does not affect you.
Module 4 is a practical demonstration test which is done at your local test centre and lasts approximately 30 minutes. It involves walking around a stationary vehicle with the examiner and demonstrating that you can complete several crucial checks. This is usually conducted after you have passed your practical test or during your training week. There’s no driving involved in this test, but you must show the Examiner that you understand the safety features of the vehicle, that you know how to conduct rigorous checks for faults or illegal immigrants and smuggled packages, and that you understand how to load and secure the vehicle ready for a journey. The Examiner may also ask you to demonstrate the use of various different loading restraints, for example use a ratchet strap. To prepare you for this test you’ll receive training from your Instructor, in which you’ll be taught to use the load restraints and will be taught to check the vehicle thoroughly.
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