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From September 2008 for PCV drivers, and September 2009 for LGV drivers, legislation will come into force that will affect every professional driver.
From this time, each driver will have to complete 35 hours of training within a 5 year period in order to continue to perform their driving role.
However, most drivers are unsure how this legislation will affect them, and what they will have to do in order to complete the Driver CPC.
If you have passed your licence before Sept 2009, you will receive 5 years "grandfather" rights from the date of introduction of the legislation. By Sept 2014 however, you must have completed your 35 hours of courses that makes up the Driver CPC. Professional drivers who have not completed their course before this time will be not be eligible to continue driving and will be committing an offence by not holding their CPC.
The 35 hours will be made up of 5 modules, each 7 hours in length and will be aimed at offering training that is relevant to Drivers as they continue their role. Drivers will have the option of how they complete their course, and will be able to choose an individual course at a time which is convenient to them. However, every course undertaken must be completed within a 24 hour timescale from the start of the course in order to complete that section.