Currently all new professional PCV &HGV drivers must pass an initial qualification, and all existing professional PCV & HGV drivers must take periodic training on a five-yearly cycle.
| Most of the major bus companies carry out in house|
training for the Driver's CPC
- I could have got my driver CPC by going to the
same course in the same office on five consecutive days and sitting
through the same syllabus […] It is entirely inappropriate
that there is a shortcut that allows people to get their driver
CPC in that way.
45] In our inquiry on cycling safety, British Cycling called for cycle awareness training to be made a mandatory part of the CPC.
20. The then Minister told us he was aware of the concerns that the CPC might allow a repetition of the same training every year but argued that responsible companies would understand the need to ensure their drivers maintained their professional competence. He said the Department was in the process of reviewing the CPC regulations; this included whether there should be a safety element within the driver CPC.
21. If businesses and drivers must commit time and resource to mandatory training then that training must be worthwhile and effective. At the present time this is not the case. We welcomed the proposals made by the Government in November 2013 when it reported to the European Commission on the effectiveness of the CPC and called for more flexibility and for the training to take account of other road users, particularly cyclists. But under the current regulations the Government could not add modules on vulnerable road users to the Driver CPC or compel drivers to select them. If the Government unilaterally amended regulations to make such modules compulsory drivers from other countries using roads in the UK would not have equivalent training. For that reason, we recommend that the Government lobby the European Commission to introduce an amending Directive to require the inclusion of a compulsory new training module in the Driver CPC focused on vulnerable road users.