There has been concern and confusion about the Driver CPC, effective from 2008.
The initial confusion arises from the unfortunate use of the term CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence), which already exists for bus and coach operators. The Driver CPC is something new, and different, requiring regular examinations and demonstrations of experience to achieve and retain it.
The Transport Office web site outlines the basic arrangements:
It will be mandatory for drivers to carry evidence that they hold Driver CPC when they are driving professionally.
Drivers with acquired rights will not be issued with a DQC until they have completed their first 5 years of periodic training. They will be able to show they have acquired rights by the date on their driving licence showing when they acquired their vocational driving licence.
It will be offence for drivers to work professionally without Driver CPC from Sept 08 for bus and coach drivers and from Sept 09 for lorry drivers, unless they fall into one of the exempt categories.
Driver CPC is being introduced across all European Union member states and will be enforced on other EU drivers in the same way as it will be on UK drivers.
Not surprisingly, this has caused some concern amongst bus preservationists.
However, the Transport Office web site lists exemptions from the above requirements:
i. a vehicle with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h;
An example of a driver under exemption vii (also known as “incidental driver”) would be a brick layer who drives a load of bricks from the builder’s yard to the building site and then spends their working day laying bricks. In this case, driving a lorry is incidental to their main occupation.
However, drivers can move in and out of an exemption, depending on the circumstances in which they are driving. For example, a bus mechanic would be exempt while driving a bus to check that it had been repaired, but would need to hold a Driver CPC if they also drove a bus on a passenger carrying service.
Item vi in the above list of exemptions appears to cover bona fide preservationists using their vehicles non-commercially, so they will not be affected by these new arrangements. Commercially operated vintage vehicles are outside the scope of this article.
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This page was last updated on Wednesday, 13-Apr-2016 11:25:35 BST