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You must do Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training if you're a professional lorry, bus or coach driver.

You face being fined and even losing your livelihood if you don't finish your training in time, the Driving Standards Agency has warned.

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has also reminded operators to be aware of their drivers' training hours and deadlines to avoid penalties.

Driver CPC rules

Driver CPC was introduced in:

    2008 for bus and coach drivers
    2009 for lorry drivers

New drivers who drive for a living had to start taking the Driver CPC initial qualification from then.

Existing drivers were given 'acquired rights which took their previous experience into account.

Training deadlines

To stay within the rules, all drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years.

Bus and coach drivers with acquired rights have until 10 September 2013 to finish their first 35 hours of periodic training.

The deadline for lorry drivers with acquired rights and drivers with a licence to drive both bus/coaches and lorries is 10 September 2014.


11 Mar 2013