Due to the COVID-19 outbreak temporary measures have been announced to suspend the requirement for driver CPC training if your driver qualification card expires between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020.
Professional bus and lorry drivers must complete 35 hours periodic training every five years to maintain their DQC. However, the Department for Transport have realised that this may be difficult for drivers during the current crisis and therefore a temporary relaxation of this requirement has been introduced.
If your DQC expires between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 you will be able to continue driving without completing the training. Military drivers will also be able to drive in civilian situations during this period.
Police forces have been informed of this position and as such no action will be taken against professional drivers whose DQC has expired during the relevant period. Drivers should still carry their expired DQC card.
From 1 October 2020 drivers will then have to ensure that any training has been completed in order to comply with the driver CPC rules.
Operators will need to check the validity of their insurance.
Driver CPC courses can still be completed remotely and more information on remote training providers can be found on the JAUPT website.
You can check when your DCQ card expires here.
Please contact the Regulatory team on 01254 828300 if you have any queries.