Have you checked how many of your drivers still need to complete Driver CPC training?

Driver CPC training completed?

The deadline for Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) drivers to complete their 35 hour quota of Driver CPC training is 10 September 2013, which means now is the time to ensure your drivers receive the training needed to meeting the legal requirement.

Why choose Professional drivers first aid?

In 2011, 7,965 PCVs were involved in accidents on British roads, 89 of which were fatal. In the same year, LGVs were involved in 7,126 accidents, of which 272 were fatal*. It’s vital that more professional drivers have the skill to save a life.

Our Professional drivers first aid course is highly practical and ensures drivers react quickly and effectively in situations where first aid is needed on the roads, meaning they could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. The course is approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) and contributes seven hours towards the Driver CPC training quota. Topics covered include:

  • spinal injuries
  • safer moving and handling
  • bleeding
  • resuscitation.

On completion of the course we’ll upload the driver’s qualification details to the DSA database within five working days. While this is required of all JAUPT approved centres, unlike many providers St John Ambulance does this at no extra cost to customers.

Driver CPC: the rules

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) was introduced in 2008 for bus and coach drivers and 2009 for lorry drivers. Since then new professional drivers have had to take the initial Driver CPC qualification. Existing drivers were given ‘acquired rights’ which take into account their previous experience.

Bus and coach drivers with acquired rights must complete their 35 hours of Driver CPC training by 10 September 2013. Lorry drivers with acquired rights have until 10 September 2014.

To meet legal requirements, all professional drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years. Revalidating your certificate before it expires at three years means that Professional drivers first aid can be completed twice within the rolling five year period, contributing to 14 hours of training.

It is the professional driver’s responsibility to make sure they have completed their Driver CPC training before the deadline; those who don’t face a £1000 fine and risk losing their livelihood. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all their drivers are correctly qualified and businesses that employ drivers who have not completed Driver CPC training could also face penalties.

Ensure you remain legally compliant. Book Professional driver first aid online today, request more information, or call 0844 770 4800 today to speak to a local customer service adviser. 

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