All your professional drivers – operating a truck, bus, or coach – must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years, in order to keep their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
The deadline for the second five-year block of training for drivers with acquired rights is as follows:
- Bus or coach drivers: 9 September 2018
- Truck drivers: 9 September 2019
- Dual category drivers (truck, bus and coach): 9 September 2019 (for those who completed the first block by 9 September 2013)
Drivers with acquired rights are those who did not have to take the Driver CPC initial qualification because of their existing driving experience. For more information about Driver CPC training for qualified drivers, please click here.
If drivers miss their deadline, they cannot drive professionally until they have completed their training and can be fined up to £1,000.
The driver’s five year administrative expiry date is displayed on the front of the Driver Qualification Card under 4b. If you are unsure how many hours of Driver CPC training your drivers have completed, or which course they have attended, you can check on the GOV.UK website. However, your drivers will need to set you up with a password so you can view their record.
Remember, your drivers must complete the training in the country where they work or normally live in.
To find out more, visit GOV.UK.