Are drivers leaving their CPC till the last minute?
Will they find a course in time to complete their 35 hours?
I know – lots of questions.
Whilst I have been out training, many drivers have asked or said we are leaving the EU surely the Government will scrap driver CPC. Training providers, haulage associations and government have said; ” No, it’s here to stay”.
I thought I would dig a bit deeper and look at DVSA figures for drivers completing CPC courses:
May 2012 (2 years 4 months before September 2014 deadline) 55,830 drivers attended CPC courses.
May 2017 (2 years 4 months before the 5th anniversary of September 2014 Driver CPC) only 44,992 drivers completed CPC courses showing 11,000 less drivers than May 12.
If we rewind to May 14 120,972 drivers completed CPC rising to a staggering 229,209 drivers in Aug 2014. My prediction is that these figures are going to be even bigger in 2019.
My worry as a professional driver myself, will there be enough training companies or trainers to meet demand?
The number of drivers could also be increased by the fact that bus/coach drivers who completed their CPC in 2013 received an extra year on their Driver CPC entitlement to bring all LGV and PSV drivers anniversary dates to September 2019