Why is DVLA CPC so Important to Drivers?

DVLA CPC is Crucial for All Drivers in Industry

If you work in road haulage, logistics or passenger carrying then you may or may not be asking the question “What is DVLA CPC?” One thing is for certain, and that is that whatever you do, when you driver in industry you should always remain compliant with CPC regulations and aim to drive as safely as possible on the road.

What is DVLA CPC?

DVLA or Driver CPC as it is sometimes known, is training undertaken by drivers to ensure that they are aware of the latest legislation in place on the road, and to help to reduce the number of road casualties. The overall point is to improve road safety for all.

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Who needs it and What Does the Training Involve?

Initial Driver CPC Training is required for all new drivers, who have never previously undertaken CPC training before. It’s a 4 step process that involves a theory test, including multiple choice questions and Hazard Perception. A case study test, a driver ability test before the final driver practical demonstration test. If the driver passes he/she is presented with a qualification card. They must carry this on their person at all times to show to the relevant authorities if required.

After passing the original qualification Driver’s must undertake periodical CPC which involves taking 35 hours of training over a 5 year period. Progress is logged on an online system so a driver will be able to tell how much time they have spent doing so over the years.

For years now the UK Government has made it clear, how very important it is that all Industrial Based Drivers take the DVLA CPC Training Course in order to pass their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Certificate and there are a number of reasons why they are right about this.

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Reasons Why CPC is Important

  1. DVLA CPC keeps driver’s competent in their job role. In the 35 hours that a driver must uptake every 5 years, they get taught both theoretical and practical skills. This includes new rules and regulations that they may have been unaware of previously. Another advantage that extends from this is there is less risk that as a driver they will be involved in any law breaking on the road as they will be fully aware of what they are/aren’t allowed to do.
  2. There a number of business benefits to people who may own a fleet or drive for themselves including lower insurance premiums, increase fuel economy and higher retention when driving. Most importantly there will be less maintenance required to vehicles as Driver’s driving habits are reviewed by the CPC trainers and any problems that may be causing damage to a vehicle are resolved on the course.
  3. Sharing your Driver CPC Qualification with potential or existing employers shows that you are performing to the right standards. The difference in reliability between someone who has passed CPC Training and another who hasn’t undertaken any can only be judged on the qualifications they have received for their driving.

So all in all there are many reasons why DVLA CPC Training is important for both the trainee, the business they are working on behalf of and all other road users. Remember to carry out your required hours of CPC as time is running out before this year’s deadline.