There is a review being carried out by the government on Driver Certificate or Proffesional Competence to see how it can be improved to help ease HGV driver Shortages.
This is the latest review from the government to encourage more drivers to return to the profession and support the road haulage sector.
The review will explore whether:
- different training requirements should apply for more seasoned drivers
- the current requirement for 35 hours’ (5 working days’) periodic training should be more evenly spread over the 5-year period, advice is already to even it out
- drivers new to Driver CPC should cover a specific range of topics
- durations for each training course are rigid as they currently last a minimum of 7 hours (or split into 3.5 hour session across 2 days)
- the scope of Driver CPC including where it includes non-professional drivers
- there should be more of an obligation for employers to support drivers with the cost of training
- Driver CPC qualifications obtained in the EU should continue to be recognised in the UK for drivers moving to live and work here
The government are working with the industry to look a new ways to enocourage voacational driver recruitment and retention to help against the driver shortage.
Leaders of the industry informed the gonvernment that the Driver CPC needs to reform.
Driver CPC aims to keep driving standards high but some drivers are having not being paid when attending training course and are left to pay for the training course themselves.
The government will be looking in on how Driver CPC can be updated to reduce the burden on new and returning drivers, whilst maintaining road safety standards.
Recommendations from the review will be made by the end of the year.