In a bid to solve the UK’s driver shortage, professional drivers looking to return to the industry can now bypass Driver CPC training. Instead, drivers will only be required to sit part of the initial qualification.
This means drivers with acquired rights who did not complete their 35 hours periodic training by September 2014 can now sit modules two and four of the initial qualification and gain their driver qualification card (DQC).
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said that following adoption of the practice for bus drivers after talks begun in 2013, it had now decided to provide the flexibility to professional truck drivers.
However, the move has had a mixed reaction from the industry. Driver CPC trainer Sean Barlow described the DVSA’s decision as “a stab in the back” for drivers who completed their 35 hours training by the deadline.
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