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Driver Shortage Looms For The Logistics Industry as Driver CPC Deadline Approaches.

Although the Logistics Industry is the fourth biggest employment sector in the UK economy, according to a recent ManPower Survey, LGV driver vacancies are the third hardest to fill.

Other statistical evidence also supports the contention that the Logistics Industry has reached a critical point. The number of LGV drivers identified by the Office of National Statistics has dropped since April, 2012, by 13%, from 299,000 to 259,000(EMP04: Employment by occupation). According to the latest report by Skills for Logistics on driver demographics published in April, 2012, 16% of drivers were over 60 years old, whilst only 1 per cent were aged between 16 and 24 and only 14% between 24 and 34. By comparison 35% of the wider workforce were aged between 16 and 34.

In terms of LGV licence acquisition rates, there has been a 32% drop (22,250) in those taking the LGV test, with the pass rate also falling by 20% to just 26,244. Of those who do manage to pass the LGV test many are trained in the military and will never even enter the Logistics Industry. With the introduction of Driver CPC legislation on the 10th September this year, many in the supply chain and Logistics Industry are rightly concerned that the shortage of appropriately qualified LGV drivers and agency drivers will only become worse. Many in the Logistics Industry believe the new legal driver requirements will simply add to the existing barriers to entry to an already stretched labour pool, and make it even harder for agencies to fulfil customer demands with temporary drivers.

The introduction of the Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) was meant to improve the professional and positive image of the Logistics Industry.

By ensuring better trained and safer drivers it was hoped more younger people would be attracted to an industry that was clearly struggling to attract new recruits. The law requires that all LGV drivers, both permanent and temporary, operating in EU member states undertake 35 hours of mandatory training every five years, and obtain a vocational Certificate of Professional Competence in addition to their LGV/PCV licence. Drivers who do not obtain the requisite qualification will not be allowed to drive professionally after 10 September 2014. UK drivers who aren’t CPC trained will face fines of up to £1,000 if caught driving after this date and possible points on their licence, whilst foreign drivers without the qualification will face on the spot fines of £30.

Has there been a significant take up of Driver CPC training ahead of the deadline later this month?

Well, there are no official figures available yet, but it is already feared that some 30,000 agency LGV drivers in the UK have left it too late to gain the licence by the deadline, or have decided not to carry out the training as they feel it’s not worth it or are nearing retirement.

If you haven’t yet completed your Driver CPC qualification, then the training staff at Transport Training Academy would strongly urge you to do so as soon as possible as the industry urgently needs you. Our belief is that it’s never too late to start training and that the sooner you start, the quicker you’ll obtain the necessary qualifications. The assessors and professional driver trainers at Transport Training Academy have seen the benefits that the Driver CPC brings, and would be the first to acknowledge that not only has it helped to improve the knowledge and skills of PCV and LGV drivers when they started work, but also ensured that those skills are maintained and developed throughout their working lives, enabling drivers to drive more safely, responsibly and more efficiently.

How does TTA’s Driver CPC Training work?

All basic vocational and periodic driver training undertaken here at TTA and in other Driver CPC training centres is set out in the EU Training Directive. The training covers 3 areas:

  • Advanced training in rational driving based upon safety rules.
  • Application of regulations.
  • Health, road and environmental safety, service and logistics.

All training delivered must apply to one of these categories and all Driver CPC training centres and courses must be approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training known as JAUPT. Only courses that have been approved and are being delivered by a training centre that has been approved by JAUPT will count towards the periodic training and the Drivers CPC.

Training session must be at least seven hours in duration. A seven hour block can be further split into two 3.5 hours but the second part must start within 24 hours of completion of the first part. On completion of a module the driver will be issued with a certificate of attendance and the hours of attendance for Periodic Training must be recorded on the Driver CPC Recording & Evidencing System also known as the R&E System. It is the responsibility of the training organisation who delivered the training to ensure that this information is uploaded correctly.

Driver CPC status will be evidenced by the driver being issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) on completion of the initial qualification for new drivers or on completion of 35 hours periodic training for existing drivers. The DQC must be carried at all times when driving professionally and be produced if requested.

For further information about TTA’s JAUPT accredited Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) Driver Development programmes, and our broad range of logistics courses on ITSSAR Fork Lift Truck and Warehouse training, LGV Licence upgrades (B+E, C1, D1, C1+E, C and C+E), Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving courses and ADR (Hazchem),managerial courses include DSA LGV Instructor and Transport Managers Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and our short courses consisting of Manual Handling, First Aid at Work and Working at Heights, call TTA’s expert training team on 0845 056 0561.

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