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Prior planning ahead of the 2019 CPC deadline…

November 19, 2018

It is now only 10 months until the second deadline for periodic Driver CPC training, meaning that all HGV drivers must have completed 35 hours of periodic training before the 9th of September 2019 to maintain their license. Any drivers that fail to comply with this and complete their training on time will be operating illegally, fines of up to £1000 will be issued to anyone caught driving without a renewed Driver CPC. The DVSA is reporting that around 75% of the annual Driver CPC training has not yet been completed by drivers, this will undoubtedly create a huge demand for training as the deadline approaches. So, what is the best way for your drivers to complete any remaining periodic CPC hours?

Arguably most important thing to do is prior planning, make sure you know when the best time is for your business to complete training. Completing Driver CPC training will mean taking your drivers off the road for a day at the very least, which indirectly reduces the size of your fleet. Therefore, you will want to cause minimal disruption to your operational activities. Prior planning will enable you to achieve this, scheduling and booking your training early to match your requirements while there are still dates and trainers available throughout the United Kingdom.

Failure to consider the training that needs to completed by your drivers could have various negative effects on your business. You may find yourself in a situation whereby you are not only facing the costs of training courses but also the costs of lost business, if you need to urgently complete training then you will have no option other than taking your drivers off the road on any given date that’s available. This could mean that you will face the prospect of either hiring temporary drivers to fulfil existing contracts or put some business/deliveries back.

As well as this the demand for training courses could mean that your drivers will have to travel longer distances to complete their training. Not all training providers offer nationwide coverage or deliver training at your office, if all of the training companies that do offer these bespoke courses are booked then you may have to pay extra expenses for your drivers to travel and complete their training. This could mean your drivers are off the road for longer than one day due to travelling as well as incurring extra expenses such as fuel, accommodation and food.

We have delivered bespoke Driver CPC training courses for companies throughout the United Kingdom, tailoring the date and location to meet their requirements. Contact us today to find out how we can arrange bespoke courses for your drivers to complete their training with minimal disruption to your business.

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