Mercedes Benz Urge Van Drivers To 'Check-Up'
Mercedes-Benz Vans is urging all van drivers in the UK to check out the facts concerning Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements. The deadline for all drivers operating an LGV over 3.5 tonnes to have completed their Driver CPC training, which is a legal necessity of 35 hours of training every five years was the 10th September 2014.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans, said “it seems like there has been a sole focus in the industry on CPC training for truck drivers, but in reality almost 4,400 vans over 3.5 tonnes sold this year in the UK will be subject to Driver CPC legislation. This will also have an impact on Operator licences of mixed fleets, so it is vital that the UK van market is fully aware of the legislation. If drivers of vans over 3.5 tonnes are yet to complete, or even start their CPC training, before they drive their vehicle again they must ensure they have undertaken the 35 hours of learning. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC, and as it would mean that technically you hold an incorrect licence, your insurance could also be void. However, it shouldn’t be just about ticking a box to complete the course, I believe that training for van drivers should be an enjoyable learning experience that brings everyone to a level far beyond the minimum demanded by the current legislation, or even potential future legislation. I have completed my Driver CPC, with course content revolving around load security, fuel economy and safety; really valuable training. I hope to see more van drivers participating in ongoing learning going forwards.”
Mercedes-Benz UK runs approved Driver CPC training courses, to help ensure that van drivers are recognised for the part they play in keeping the country mobile. Courses are designed to offer all of the relevant guidance through interactive and varied classroom and in-vehicle training, with a wide range of optional topics covering a variety of areas, such as load securing, driving safety, economical driving, road risk and road safety.
Jack Semple, Director of policy at the Road Haulage Association said “the industry has the opportunity to progress towards genuine continuing professional development, which enhances drivers’ skills and knowledge and helps to transform both the perception and reality of the profession of lorry driving within a progressive service industry.” However, Driver CPC is not loved in all quarters, with British Aggregates Association recently calling for its postponement fearing it will lead to driver shortages.