With next week marking just a year to go until the Driver CPC deadline for truck drivers (10 September 2014), the latest data from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) shows as many as 97,333 professional drivers (PCV and LGV) are yet to do any training.
The figures, from July the latest available, show a total of 652,667 professional drivers have engaged in the process (meaning they have done at least a day’s training, which is defined as 7 hours, towards the mandatory 35 hours).
DSA, which does not breakdown the figures by licence type, confirmed to Commercialmotor.com it had not altered its long-term forecast that 500,000 to 750,000 professional drivers (both PCV and LGV) will ultimately have to undertake the process.
As of July, 221,044 professional drivers have triggered their Driver Qualification Card. However, this figure includes all new drivers to the industries since 2008/09 who would have undertaken their Driver CPC initial qualification instead.
Jack Semple, director of policy at the Road Haulage Association, believes while the next 12 months will be a busy time in regards training, the industry will ultimately get the job done.
“I know of [RHA] members who have firm plans in place to ensure that drivers will undertake the training before the deadline,” he said. “I have heard of some drivers who think it will go away but for operators, it is abundantly clear that they need to be compliant.”
Semple added: “I think there is a shifting attitude towards Driver CPC. Before there was negativity around it but now there is a more actively positive attitude towards Driver CPC.”
The deadline for PCV licence holders to have completed their 35 hours of CPC training is 10 September 2013.
The DSA has just made a call for hauliers to provide its feedback on the current Driver CPC.