What The Law States
- If you fail to complete the 35 hours training and do not hold a drivers CPC card, then you cannot drive a heavy goods vehicle unless you are exempt. To find out if you are exempt click go to https://www.gov.uk/drivers-hours/exemptions-from-eu-law.
- If you cannot show your Driver CPC, you are breaking the law and you could get a fine of up to £1000.
- If you drive without a valid Driver CPC you could get a fine of up to £1000.
- If you or an employer causes or lets another driver who does not have a valid Driver CPC drive a relevant vehicle you/they could also get a fine and could face prosecution.
- If you are a new driver you will have to undertake the Driver CPC theory and practical driving tests before getting a Driver CPC.
- If you already have a licence for a bus or truck (C/D licence) you will automatically be entitled to a Driver CPC and will not have to take a test.
- These mandatory rule changes were introduced in Ireland on the 10th September 2008 for bus drivers, and the 10th September 2009 for truck drivers.
- ALL professional bus/truck drivers must be the holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).