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Lorry Driver CPC - Certificate of Professional Competence
From 9th September 2014 all professional lorry drivers must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence to drive commercially and you must have the driver qualification card with you whenever you are driving professionally. The penalty for not doing so could be a £1,000 fine.
Experienced lorry drivers, if you passed your licence before 10th September 2009, you have “acquired rights”. This means your experience means you do not need to take the Initial Qualification. However you must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver CPC. Your initial 35 hours of periodic training should therefore have been completed by 9th September 2014.
Lorry Drivers who qualified after 10th September 2009 need to undertake the Initial qualification and thereafter you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training to keep your Driver CPC up to date.
Driver CPC – Initial Qualification
If you would like to become a professional driver, in addition to passing the correct category of licence , you will need to undertake the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Initial Qualification.
There are four parts to the test including a theory test, a 90 minute driving test, a computer based assessment and a practical assessment. For more information visit the Government Website.Similar regulations also cover bus and coach drivers.