Changes to Driver CPC announced
DVSA have recently updated Gov.uk to reflect some recent changes to regulations based on the review/consultation about amendments to Driver CPC.
In summary, courses can now delivered split across two consecutive days in two blocks of three and a half hours.
Drivers should complete 7 hours of training a year and aim to cover a range of subjects. They should not repeat the same course unless there is a specific need. If DVSA believe a training provider has knowingly allowed a driver to repeat courses, they may revoke the driver’s periodic training hours, or their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DQC) card. DVSA may also take action against the training company for knowingly delivering repeat training.
Providers can also consider including eLearning in courses (i.e. using electronic devices). It is permissible to deliver a maximum of 2 hours e-learning per 7-hour course for drivers to complete prior to attending the classroom or during the classroom sessions. The content can be incorporated into a course.
Drivers can now also undergo training based on other transport-related EU Directives that does not hold specific approval as a Driver CPC course. DVSA will allow up to 14 hours of this training to be recognised for Driver CPC. This may include training on the transport of dangerous goods (ADR training taken under Directive 2008/68/EC) and other training to be confirmed.