Thursday, September 3, 2009

New European Truck Drivers Qualification Commences This Week

CPC Requirement for All New Trainees to Eliminate “Cowboys”
Shipping News Feature

UK – All companies in the industry will face further costs with the inception of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) which takes effect from 10th September.

Under the scheme any new driver wanting to enter the industry will face a CPC examination, which they must pass, in addition to their relevant vocational driving licence. Existing drivers, who hold the appropriate licence, are exempt under the scheme. They will however have to complete a “top up” training course every five years.

Larger companies will be able to minimise costs by employing in house training facilities or block ordering from an established training school. Smaller companies will, once again, be forced to employ an outside agency from the burgeoning number of companies which have sprung up in the last few years to satisfy Governments lust for regulation.

Paul Clark, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport (pictured)believes the new qualification will give the industry a “competitive edge” although as this is a European regulation it is hard to see over who that will be. Certainly nobody in the haulage industry can deny that the drivers CPC should raise standards amongst those behind the wheel and eliminate the protestation of ignorance regarding regulation which has often been offered in mitigation when transport laws have been broken or loads have been found unsafe.