Saturday 23 March 2019

RHA challenges need for Driver CPC when taking vehicles to annual test

dcpctruckThe Road Haulage Association is contesting the view of VOSA and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) that mechanics require a Driver CPC if they are taking a vehicle for its annual test, as reported by Transport Operator in our January/February edition.

The RHA said: “We have argued in detail to officials at the Department for Transport (DfT) that such an interpretation is clearly not the intention of the Directive and that reasonable interpretation of the exemptions listed in the Directive includes mechanics taking LGVs to test.

“In addition, we have found from colleagues abroad [that] although Belgium appears to insist on a DCPC, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and the Czech Republic take the same view as the RHA.”

According to VOSA, Driver CPC is not required by a mechanic who is road-testing a vehicle, but is required when he takes the same vehicle to a VOSA test station.

The RHA has previously criticised this position as “an unnecessary burden on business… The vehicle is being used for non-commercial carriage of goods and the mechanic does not drive the vehicle as a profession.”

Transport Operator has received several enquiries from fleet operators questioning the validity of VOSA’s position. We advise anyone who still requires clarification regarding Driver CPC requirements to contact the responsible agencies directly.

Dual-licence drivers need 35 DCPC training hours by September

Meanwhile, the DSA has also warned that drivers with both PCV (Cat D) and LGV (Cat C) licences will have to complete their first 35 hours of approved training by the PCV deadline of September 10 this year, if they are to retain their entitlement to drive buses and coaches commercially.

They cannot use their truck qualification to delay training completion to the LGV deadline of 10 September 2014.

As a one-off concession, these drivers will then have six years (from September 2013 to until September 2019) to complete their next block of 35 hours of approved training.

FTA will oppose any slackness in DCPC enforcement

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed recent pronouncements by transport ministers and traffic commissioners that no concessions will be offered to operators or individuals who choose not to conform to the Driver CPC legislation.

June Powell, general manager – training for FTA, told Transport Operator: “If there were any suggestion from Government that the date might be allowed to slip, FTA would support its members who have taken the time, effort and cost to comply with the law that came into force in 2008/9 and oppose such a move.”

Powell said that last January saw the FTA enjoy a 29 per cent rise in Driver CPC training business compared to the same month in the previous year, 98 per cent of which it (unsurprisingly, given its membership) delivers to drivers from the freight sector.

3 comments

  1. Brian Fawcett says:

    As a former UK/EU and Canadian Owner Operator, I am overjoyed not to be in the business anymore.

    I dont know how many more nails the Authorities can drive into the Coffin of this once proud industry. I left Europe to drive in Canada due to the depressing state of the UK/EU industry. This was fine for the first year with longer hours faster trucks and better facilities……………guess what? Some turnip from the EU went to a conference in Canada and told everyone “this is how we do it”. Now Ontario is in the same mess as Europe. Even though North America is geographically many times greater than UK, they have restricted Truck speeds to 90kph and are now attempting to reduce the hours. Problem is you need 11hrs of driving just to get out of the Province. What was a 4.5 day trip from Toronto to Vancouver is now a 6 day “if you push it” trip Try doing this in the harsh Canadian winter and you have no chance of getting there before next week.

    Now I am back in Construction in the Middle East with none of the Nanny State mess you have to put up with. I am feeling so sad and really so sorry for you guys…………….

    • Lee Gardner says:

      I thought a driver needed a DCPC if their main duties were driving for hire and reward. Not a mechanic whose main duties should be repairing and maintaining these vechiles. Firstly a mechanic taking a vehicle for a annual test is not for hire and reward but is a costly exercise aimed at the roadworthyness of the vehicle and the safety of all road users.. The DCPC is aimed at drivers whose main job is driving for hire and reward, so why do the powers to be make something so simple so complicated.. If I`m wrong in what I thought the DCPC is in place for I will stand corrected

      • APS FLEET SERVICES says:

        The problem for companies such as ourselves is that being fleet repairers in effect when we take a customer’s truck for test I guess we are doing this for a “reward”
        For us it’s just a nightmare, we don’t own any hgv’s and are solely fleet repairers we don’t drive nor are we in the employment of a company that might send us out to drive on that odd occasion. All this is for us is yet another hoop to jump through, sending our staff on training courses to do something that they will never actually do whilst under our employ is a very costly exercise and is taking a huge chunk out of our profit margins.
        This has not been thought through and we welcome this debate and hope something sensible for all parties comes from it.

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