Is Driver CPC going to be scrapped now we've leave the EU?
Updated: Feb 3
The simple answer to the question is NO! Leaving the EU has NO impact on drivers CPC. Even though the regulations were created by the EU, the UK is a signatory of the AETR (European agreement concerning the work crews of vehicles in international road transport) which driver CPC obligations are contained. For the UK to continue to trade within the EU the condition is that we stay a signatory of the AETR, so, therefore, Britain leaving the EU does not affect the driver CPC obligations for UK professional drivers.
The requirements for Drivers CPC have not changed and major changes are very unlikely to happen anytime soon, so the best advice we can give to companies and drivers is not to leave CPC to the last minute.
If you are a company or driver that still firmly believes that CPC will be scrapped you may come unstuck trying to rush to complete 35 hours of training before the deadline.
A major rush happened in 2014 with many drivers unable to complete the drivers CPC requirements as they had left it until the last minute to undertake training. JAUPT approved training centre's all over the country struggled to accommodate drivers due to the time left and availability and, unfortunately, that meant not all drivers had the required 35 hours of training by the deadline of September 11th. As a result of this rush, the industry suffered, as drivers were not legally allowed to continue to drive professionally until they had completed the full 35 hours. We see this fiasco happening again as yet another quickly approaches, but this time we are forecasting this rush on a much larger scale affecting a huge number of drivers and companies because people are holding off undertaking periodic driver CPC training because of Brexit!
Despite it being well reported that driver CPC will not change many are refusing to believe this and are putting themselves at risk of losing their career due to lack of qualifications (i.e. a DQC card) and lack of staff, due to the lack of qualified drivers. Take notice: LEAVING THE EU DOES NOT HAVE AN EFFECT ON DRIVER CPC
We are urging companies and drivers to start booking in your periodic training courses NOW whilst time and availability are on your side. There will be a last-minute rush and it will cause chaos and you could find yourself unable to complete your required 35 hours of periodic training by the deadline.
There are fewer approved training providers in the UK than there was 5 years ago and whilst these ‘pop up’ one-man-band training providers are starting to appear they come with their own set of problems! Yes, they can do your training cheaper due to lack of overheads however, how safe is your training? For instance what happens in 2-5 years when you need a copy of your certificate because you can find it? Or you find out an upload was invalid and you need to speak to the company to verify an upload? I’ll tell you what happens, you’re up the creek without a paddle because ‘pop up’ and popped off and you become stuck. Always use a reputable company that is not a fly by night, making a quick buck set up, this is to protect you!
It’s very simple, If you are looking to book your periodic driver CPC training then ensure you book with an approved JAUPT training centre that’s reputable and don’t fall for the cheap, fly by night, making a quick buck set up, it might save you a few quid now but could cost you in the long run.
NTP Services are a JAUPT approved training centre and offer periodic driver CPC training throughout the UK. We offer both offsite and onsite training and have a range of courses to suit your requirements. For more information and to discuss your requirements please contact our friendly team on 01406 424500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also find us online at www.drivers-training.co.uk
REMEMBER: It’s not going away, it’s time to act! STAY LEGAL, GET QUALIFIED