Are we the only ones qualified? You would expect that only trained, professional, government approved instructors with years of driving experience would be able to become LGV and PCV driving instructors (car instructors have to be ADI qualified). However, you would be wrong, any person that has held a...Read More
Initial CPC – Module 2 and 4
Modules 2 and 4
Module 2 – Driver CPC case studies test (computer-based exercise with 7 studies based on real-life situations – eg driving in icy conditions)
Module 4 – Driver CPC practical demonstration test (this takes 30 minutes – you will need to show you can keep your vehicle safe and secure, eg loading your vehicle safely)
The initial CPC is a practical, ‘show me’, ‘tell me’ test conducted at a DSA driving test centre by an examiner, the test is 20-30 minutes long and covers questions in the following areas; Daily walk-around checks, the ability to prevent physical risk, loading and the security of loads, keeping the vehicle secure, emergency procedures, loaded vehicle dynamics, border crossings, and security procedures. This encompasses a wide range of situations typically encountered by drivers and is covered in full by our instructors. CPC for both Passenger Vehicles and Goods Vehicles can be covered by 2 Start. 🙂
Who needs it?
The implementation date for LGV’s is the 10th September 2009; and for PCV’s it’s the 10th September 2008.
- Drivers who qualified for their LGV (C1, C, C+E) after the 10th September 2009* do require the Initial Drivers CPC
- Drivers who qualified for their PCV (D1, D, D+E) after the 10th September 2008* do require the Initial Drivers CPC
*Drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997 do not require the initial CPC for Large Goods Vehicles
*Drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997 do still require the initial CPC for Passenger Vehicles
All drivers who are driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, or with 9 Passenger seats or more; require to do the Periodic CPC (as well as the initial where applicable) – 35 Hours of CPC training every five years.
Certain drivers do not require to have the drivers Certificate of Professional Competence – These are either based on what the vehicle is transporting, or what the vehicle is used for. Drivers are exempt if the vehicle is:
- used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use;
- undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service; (must be driven by a qualified motor mechanic)
- used in the course of driving lessons for the purpose of enabling that person to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC; (must be driven by driving instructors)
- carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity**
- with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h; (such as agricultural tractors)
- used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order;
- used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.
** For example, transporting scaffolding to the drivers place of work. Driving must not become the major part of the work. IE – The work being carried out at the site of work, must be a significantly greater use of time than driving itself.
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