Covid-19 Temporary changes to driver CPC requirements announced

The Government have announced temporary changes to allow lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory Driver CPC training to continue to drive.

Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours periodic training every 5 years to maintain a Driver CPC card (sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’).

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak it may be difficult for drivers to complete the required training.

The Department for Transport has therefore put in place temporary changes in professional driver qualification requirements.

A statement on the Government Website confirms that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving.

The statement also states that “drivers will not be subject to enforcement action by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in respect of the Driver CPC regulations.”

These changes apply to Great Britain only. Arrangements in Northern Ireland are devolved.

Full details can be found on Department for Transport website, which can be accessed using the link below.

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