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Driver CPC rules relaxed during COVID-19 outbreak

May 11, 2020
The Department for Transport has announced that it has put in place temporary changes to the Driver CPC requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak. The changes apply only to Great Britain. Arrangements in Northern Ireland are devolved.

Driver CPC rules have been relaxed during the COVID-19 outbreakThe changes mean that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from 1 March, 2020 to 30 September, 2020 may continue driving. In addition, military drivers (who have different training) will be allowed to drive in civilian situations during that period.

Drivers will not be subject to enforcement action by the DVSA in respect of the Driver CPC regulations and police forces have been informed of this position. Drivers should carry their expired Driver CPC card if they have it.

Online Driver CPC from FTA

This announcement comes as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) announces it has launched an online Driver CPC course so drivers can take their necessary training while furloughed.  

Under government regulations, furloughed drivers are permitted to undertake training and so could use the time to upskill their workforce and keep them up to date with mandatory training requirements.

The other online courses available from FTA are: electronic Operator Licence Awareness Training Course (e-OLAT); General Security Awareness Training (GSAT); Introduction to dangerous goods by air, road and sea – overview for management; Operator licence compliance; Shipping dangerous goods by sea; and Transport Manager CPC options. 

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