DSV Road continues to make progress in its highly-focused Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) Qualification with 200 candidates having passed through its seven-hour training package.
Drivers have been attending the CPC courses as part of their compliance with the requirement for pre-qualified drivers of LGV vehicles over 3.5 tonnes to undergo 35 hours of periodic training by September 2014 as outlined by the new Driver CPC Regulation, designed to improve skills and knowledge throughout working life of a driver.
DSV Road has anticipated a need among drivers for a comprehensive and flexible approach to tuition by setting up a training department and developing a series of seven-hour course packages for its own drivers, those of sub-contactors and other hauliers.
The first seven-hour session provides valuable guidance through an introduction to Drivers’ CPC, along with guidance on EU drivers’ hours rules and regulations, the Working Time Directive, vehicle walk around checks and graduated fixed penalties and safe loading and unloading.
Its Driver CPC package currently costs £60 for each seven-hour session plus an £8.75 Driving Standards Agency download fee. Completion of 35 hours of Driver CPC training results in the issue of a certificate enabling the candidate to apply to the Driving Standards Agency for a Driver Qualification Card.
Most recently, the package was provided to eight DSV Road and four sub-contactor drivers at the DSV Cairnryan depot, where it was given the thumbs-up by drivers as a most beneficial exercise.
"We have received a most favourable feedback from drivers who found that it was more than just an exercise in compliance and that they emerged having learned something that they can apply to their day-to-day activities," said DSV Road company trainer Stephen Smith, a former HGV driver himself and now also an accredited ADR in-house trainer for dangerous goods transport.
DSV Road and its sub-contractors do not believe that there is any point in delaying the training requirement as pressure on training resources and costs can only escalate as the industry moves closer to the 2014 deadline.
"Drivers have waited a long time for a proper recognition of their professionalism and they are now embracing this new opportunity to show the public that the industry has to perform to high levels of competence," added Stephen Smith.
"The demand for a Driver CPC package that meets this need in a flexible and effective manner is likely to intensify as drivers approach the five-year deadline and I would advise companies and drivers to start the process at the earliest opportunity."