New drivers must complete this course before they can drive professionally.
The Driving Standards Agency is taking the lead in implementing EU Directive 2003/59 which requires all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers to hold a CPC in addition to their vocational driving licence. It came into force across all European Union member states on 10 September 2008 for bus and coach drivers and will be mandatory for lorry drivers from 10 September 2009.
Driver CPC requires all category C and D licence holders (including C1 and D1) to take part in 35 hours training every 5 years in order to maintain their CPC. It also introduces a new initial qualification process that new drivers must complete before they can drive professionally.
- Theory test and Hazard Awareness test. Same format as now but with more questions and clips
- Case study questions and answers. The candidate will be shown case studies and then asked questions about them.
- Driving Test. Same as now but 10 minutes longer.
- “Show me tell me” questions. The candidate will be asked questions about certain topics such as load restraints and asked to demonstrate their knowledge e.g. using a ratchet strap they must show the examiner how it works and how they would use it to secure a load.
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