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Course Information Driver CPC Training Course

The DCPC is for PCV drivers and LGV drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonne, who drive professionally throughout the UK and Europe. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life. All LGV drivers are required by law to complete 35 hours of JAUPT approved training every 5 years. Now is the time to act. The later you leave it, the greater the chance of not completing the required training by the 9th September 2014 deadline and risk losing your ability to drive. It will be an offence to drive a PCV or LGV vehicles of over 3.5 tonne without completing your DCPC, or to cause or permit a driver to do so. The driver will also commit an offence if they fail to produce their card at a police/VOSA roadside check. It will be unlawful to drive professionally anywhere in the European Union without a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which will only be issued once the 35 hours is completed by the driver. (Existing drivers can use their vocational driving licence as proof of their Driver CPC, but only until 9th September 2014, however newly qualified drivers will have achieved their drivers CPC at the point of qualification).

The proposed penalties are:

Driving without a DQC: £1000 fine. Causing or permitting the above: £1000 fine. Failure to carry DQC: On the spot fine. Forging or falsifying documents: 2 years prison sentence or fine.

Aims and Objectives

The aims of our CPC training course are to ensure that existing drivers achieve 35 hours of periodic training, which will enable the candidate to achieve their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) and the right to drive professionally within the European Union as of the 10th September 2014.

Content and CPC training Course Design

Our CPC training courses consist of two 3.5 hour modules, apart from the Driver Development and SAFED Modules which are 7 hours in duration. This will enable the client to choose which modules are most relevant to their operation. Each Module can accommodate up to 20 candidates bar our SAFED course which can only accommodate 2 candidates and Close Quarter Manoeuvring which can only accommodate 6 candidates – this is dictated by the delivery model of these specific courses.

Working Time Directive and Drivers Hours (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

An introduction to the various regulations, EU Drivers Hours, The Road Transport, Working Time Directive Regulations 2005 ,Domestic Regulations and Transport Act 1968, Drivers Hours, Course Information, Drivers CPC Training Course.

Vehicle Checks and Defect Reporting (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

The Vehicle Check, The vehicle construction and design, Adjustment Prior to departure, Faults during journey, Defect reporting Documents, Graduated fixed penalties, Daily checks and conformation.

Safe Loading of Vehicles (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

The Law Restraining the load types of vehicle and the loads Restraint systems, Vehicle plates and Axle weights, Roadside checks, Vehicle weights and measurements.

Customer Care (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

Introduction to customer care, What is customer care and who are the customers, Who is responsible for customer care, What happens when we get it wrong? The fish philosophy.

Dealing with Accidents/Incidents (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

The law on accident procedures, dealing with emergencies, Emergency aid, Fire and fire prevention, the accident report.

An introduction to Digital Tachograph (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

Regulations and Implementation, The vehicle unit, The SMART card, Using Equipment, The Printout, Download analysis, Periodic inspection, Other digital Tachograph.

Driver Welfare (Classroom) 3.5 Hours

The law Awareness and planning, Health and wellbeing, The risks, Eye sight driving, Distractions, Effects of Alcohol Smoking Drugs and driving Fatigue and stress, Vulnerable road users, Physical health.

Close quarter manoeuvring (Classroom and in Cab) 3.5 Hours

Introduction to close quarter manoeuvring (theory), Introduction to close quarter manoeuvring (practical), Close quarter manoeuvring (practical), Final confirmation.

Driver Development Programme (Classroom) 7 Hours

Legislation and responsibilities, Driver Development, Safe and Fuel Efficient Techniques (SAFED), Accident procedures, Underpinning knowledge.

Course Dates

Public open courses (which are open to individuals who are not attending through a company) and company specific courses are scheduled weekly throughout the year inclusive of weekdays and weekends. We also offer bespoke courses for customers which are tailored to the company’s specific requirements.

Duration and timings

Each CPC training session is made up of two 3.5 hour modules with the exception of the 7 hour modules. Average course timings are 8am until 4.30 pm each day.

Course Location

Transport Training Academy Manchester, Lancashire or once verification has been confirmed that the customer’s premises are suitable delivery can be conducted on site at a customer’s chosen location. Please contact our Course Information and Booking Team on 0845 056 0561 or email for further details.

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