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DVSA issues updated DQC/Driver CPC guidance for drivers, trainers and operators in line with JAUPT recommendations

Following guidance from JAUPT (Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training) in November, 2016, the DVSA have now finally updated its own guidance on the matter of DQCs (Driver Qualification Cards) to clarify the position for drivers, operators and trainers. DVSA has confirmed that it will now not issue DQCs (Driver CPCs) with more than 5 years’ validity on the cards.

So what has been the stumbling block with this issue? Well, professional drivers must undertake 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years in order to drive a lorry, bus or coach professionally. This certification process has to be renewed every 5 years until the driver reaches the age of 65.

Prior to November 2016, when the JAUPT guidance was issued, if a driver with a valid DQC hit their 35 hour of period training, then their next DQC would usually have a validity period of greater than five years. DVSA has now stated that it will instead issue drivers with a subsequent DQC, to confirm validity periods of greater than five years, before their current card expires.

How can drivers find out the specific date their subsequent card will be issued? The easiest way from now on in is to use the DVSA’s Online Driver Enquiry Service (ODE). As a result of the new updated guidance, DVSA, JAUPT and driver training organisations like TTA, would now advise that all drivers should sign up for the online driver enquiry service so that there can be no further confusion about DQC dates.

What will the new guidance mean for drivers, and what important points are worth noting?

The most important points drivers and trainers should note are:

  • Drivers will not lose any validity from their DQCs because of the change
  • If drivers reach 35 hours of periodic training well in advance of their current DQCs’ expiration date, then they will automatically receive their subsequent DQC at least 90 days before their current card expires.
  • If a driver has less than 12 month’s validity on their current card, their subsequent card will be dispatched immediately when they hit their 35 hour of periodic training, and:
  • If the validity period across both cards is greater than five years, drivers should note that any periodic training undertaken cannot be validated against a future DQC (Driver CPC.)

When can drivers expect to receive subsequent cards?

  • A driver who completes 35 hours periodic training, and holds a DQC with more than 12 month’s validity, will receive a subsequent DQC within the last twelve month’s validity of their current DQC. [This would usually be dispatched on the same date their first DQC was issued]
  • A driver who currently holds a DQC acquired via periodic training with an expiry date of 09/09/2019, and who completes another 35 hours of period training on 01/03/2016, will have their subsequent DQC issued on 01/03/2019 – synchronised to the date their second 35 hours was complete (01/01).
  • However, if a driver who holds a DQC with more than 12 month’s validity completes 35 hours of periodic training and the date their card was originally issued is close to the expiry of the current DQC, their subsequent DQC will be issued 90 days before the date they completed their second 35 hours. So,

 

  • a driver who currently holds a DQC with an expiry date of 09/09/2019 who completes periodic training on 01/09/2018 (8 days before the anniversary of his cards expiration) for the period 10/09/19 to 09/09/2024, will be issued with their next DQC on 27/05/2019: that is, 90 days + 8 days before the anniversary of training.

Any driver wanting to know specifically when their DQC card will be despatched, can check this information on the ODE.

What other information should trainers recommend for drivers? 

DVSA suggests that periodic trainers should remind drivers as a matter of priority to make sure that DVLA has their most up-to-date address details to avoid any delays in receiving their DQCs.

 

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