Mechanics now exempt from CPC Driver Training
The rules set by the European Union Directive states that anyone who drives a HGV, Bus, Coach or Minibus for commercial use must hold a valid Certificate of Professional Competence or CPC.
It has been announced today that the Department of Transport has changed the CPC rules to help any professionals such as mechanics who are required to drive an HGV or bus for purposes such as vehicle delivery or repairs.
It is estimates the rules change with affect almost 80,000 professionals in the UK.
MP for Wimbledon and transport minister Stephen Hammond states that lorry drivers are required to keep their skills up to scratch but making CPC training for people who only drive short distances is both costly and time-consuming.
This is good news for mechanics as The Department of Transport has now specifically excluded them as long as they are repairing, testing or delivering HGVs and buses and the vehicle remains within 50km or 31 miles of their place of work. A further restriction is the vehicle must not be carrying goods or be used for hire and reward.
Further consultation is now taking place within government departments in respect of CPC exemptions being made for agricultural workers such as farmers.
CPC rules do remain the same for all other HGV drivers and you must complete 35 hours of approved training by September 2014 to remain legally qualified.
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