There’s only 4 weeks to go until the driver CPC training deadline. If a lorry, bus or coach driver has not completed the required training by 9 September 2019, it will be illegal for them to drive professionally and if they do so, both the driver and operator of the vehicle could be fined up to £1,000.
All professional drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). If a driver misses the deadline, they must ensure they complete the 35 hours of training before they drive professionally.
Drivers can check how much training they have done on the GOV.UK website – https://www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours. Employers can also use this service to check their employee’s record by first asking the employee to log on and create a temporary password.
We recommend that employers identify the drivers who have not yet completed the required training and invite these drivers to a meeting to discuss the training requirements. Operators must ensure that their drivers are aware that failure to complete 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019 would mean that it would be illegal for them to continue to drive professionally and therefore could result in termination of their employment.
If you need assistance, please call us on 01254 828 300 and ask for a member of our Employment or Regulatory team.