What is Driver CPC?
Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is compulsory training introduced by the European Parliament and Council. It's designed to improve drivers' awareness of road safety, fuel efficiency and career development. The regulations apply to new drivers acquiring a pcv (passenger carrying vehicle) license and/or lgv (large goods vehicle) licence. However, under Driver CPC regulations, all drivers who hold a vocational licence must complete 35 hours periodic training every five years.
European Commission review of Driver CPC
In 2013, the European Commission launched a review of Driver CPC which is likely to result in changes to the European directive; any resulting changes would come into force around 2018. Following discussions with FTA members, the Association responded to this review and successfully influenced the Department for Transport to recognise operators' concerns in the Government's own response.
FTA emphasised to the Commission the importance of retaining the flexibility for industry to identify its own training needs rather than these being prescribed by legislators.
Download the Driver CPC chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law