Teaming up with another removals company kept costs down for G&R Removals
Lance Green, Managing Director of piano moving specialist G&R Removals of Chiswick is very pro training, although he admits to being slightly put out that Driver CPC is compulsory. “We have 10 drivers and all of them are at least part way through their CPC training, we use BAR Training Services and I’m very happy with them,” said Lance. “I think the guys enjoy it, it’s a day out and all of them have said they’ve learned something as a result. We teamed up with another removals company and between us we had 15 drivers trained at one session for a fixed price, that way the cost per driver is quite reasonable.”
The Driver CPC rules affect everyone who drives vehicles over 3.5 t professionally. From September 2009 until 30th September 2014 all Drivers will be required to attend 35 hours of Periodic Training in order to gain their Driver CPC Qualification Card. After September 2014 those without a Driver CPC Qualification Card will be unable to drive LGV’s for their job.
Advice from the Driving Standards Agency
Professional lorry, bus and coach drivers are now legally required to hold the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) in order to drive for a living.
New drivers entering the profession must now pass the Driver CPC initial qualification. Once qualified they must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years throughout their driving career to maintain their Driver CPC and continue to drive professionally.
Drivers who already hold a vocational licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) and have been driving since before 10 September, 2009 have ‘acquired rights’ meaning that they don’t have to complete the initial qualification. However, drivers with acquired rights are also required to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years. For those with acquired rights the deadline for them to have completed their first block of 35 hours training is September 2014.