The Government has announced it is reviewing Driver CPC training for lorry drivers to see how it can be improved to help ease HGV driver shortages.
A review is to be launched to look at ways to improve compulsory ongoing training for existing and returning HGV drivers.
This is the latest of 30 measures being taken (https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/hgv-driver-shortage-uk-government-response/about) to support the road haulage sector and encourage vocational driver recruitment and retention.
Drivers currently need to complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training every 5 years. Some drivers have to pay for this training themselves and are not paid whilst attending training. Industry feedback suggest this deters many drivers who have left the profession from returning and industry leaders are calling for reform.
The review will look at how Driver CPC can be improved to reduce the burden on drivers – both returning and new – and ensure it doesn’t act as a barrier to working in the sector.
The review will be informed by input from a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of drivers, road transport operators, employers, trainers and road safety groups so look out for further information on how you can have your say.
The review will explore whether:
For further information, contact the Regulatory team on Regulatory@backhouses.co.uk or 01254 828300