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Driver CPC and the law

Both new and existing drivers will be required to complete Periodic Training within the 5 years following their acquired rights or initial drivercpc to keep their drivercpc valid. The EU Directive will ensure the drivercpc is the responsibility of the individual (not the company they work for).

For information on New Drivers, please click here... this will explain in full what is required.

For information regarding Existing Drivers, please click here.

Courses will only be run through approved centres such as Mainstream Training.

This is an EU directive (2003/59) and will be effective from:

  • PCV Drivers from 10th September 2008 (existing drivers)
  • LGV Drivers from 10th September 2009 (existing drivers)




There are a number of drivercpc exemptions associated with this directive:

  • Vehicles with a maximum speed not exceeding 45kph.
  • Vehicles used by the Armed Forces, Civil Defence and Emergency Services.
  • Vehicles undergoing Road Tests for technical development, repair or maintenance.
  • Vehicles used in states of emergency.
  • Vehicles used in the course of driving lessons or examinations.
  • Vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods - for personal use.
  • Vehicles used for carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, providing that driving the vehicle is not the drivers principle activity (e.g. a scaffolder who drives the lorry to a job, parks then erects/dismantles job, but does not do multiple trips using vehicle).

Ultimately it is up to the driver and their employer to decide if they are covered by these exemptions, and if necessary justify it to the competent authority.


Please note that it is your responsibility to maintain your Driver CPC qualification, while driving professionally it is a mandatory requirement to have your DQC in your possession at all times.

Failure to produce at the roadside if asked to provide it can result in a fine of up to £1000.

If caught with a forged licence or make a false statement can result in a fine of up to £5000.

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