We have already received enquiries asking what impact the “leave” vote will have on Driver CPC.
The answer (for the time being) is very simple; it will have absolutely no impact at all. Nothing has changed.
The decision made on 23rd June 2016, is for now, just a representation of public opinion. Article 50 (which starts the process of us leaving the EU) has not yet been invoked and current indications are that this will be delayed until a new Conservative Party leader has been put in place.
Once Article 50 is invoked there will be a period of at least 2 years where there will be no change, whilst we negotiate the terms of the exit and any future trade relationships.
This means that Driver CPC will not change in any way, shape or form until at least late 2018 (just 9 months from the deadline of the next 5 year cycle).
Backhouse Jones (specialists in legal matters for the transport law sector) have stated the following about Driver CPC following the UK’s vote to leave the EU
“Driver CPC obligations are also unlikely to change, this is because, although the regulations were created by the EU, the UK is a signatory of the, snappily titled, European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) which contains driver CPC obligations. The UK is expected to remain a signatory of AETR as a condition of ongoing trade with the EU. This will be in line with a number of other non EU countries.”
Therefore even after we formally leave the EU in 2-2 ½ years time Driver CPC seems highly unlikely to be “scrapped” given we still wish to trade with EU countries.
Our advice to all goods vehicle operators is very simple; it is business as usual as far as Driver CPC is concerned. We continue to strongly recommend you ensure each of your drivers completes 7 hours Periodic Training each year and you plan to meet the next compliance deadline of September 2019 exactly as you would have on 22nd June 2016.
A busy couple of weeks ahead at SJL. We have 3 drivers heading to Spain on various missions, a few drivers on local work, and I’m going out to do my bit, WRX Hockenheim, then WRX Belgium. Be good to catch up with old friends. Be safe out there, IT’S NOT GOING AWAY
We are delighted to be going to the Evesham Truck Show 2016 this April, please come along and see us, and the other many attractions that will be there – http://www.eveshamtruckshow.co.uk/
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Driver CPC has been introduced across the European Union to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety. All professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must hold a Driver CPC is they want to drive for a living. Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes, and minibuses with nine seats or more, must obtain a Drivers CPC. The ‘Transport Managers CPC’ also known as the ‘Operators CPC’ is a separate qualification and anyone holding one who still drives professionally as part of their job also needs to hold a Driver CPC.
If you are a bus or coach driver and held your vocational licence (D*, D1*, DE*, D1E*) prior to September 2008 you have acquired rights until 9th September 2013.
If you are a lorry driver and held your vocational licence (C, C1, C1E, CE) prior to 10th September 2009 you have acquired rights until 9th September 2014.
Only approved courses taken with approved training centres will count towards periodic training. The approval process for courses is managed on behalf of the Driving Standards agency by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT). We can do this for you in one of our local venues or at your own premises.
No. There is no requirement for a course to include a test or a pass / fail element.
No. Only one set of periodic training needs to be completed every 5 years.