Do I Need A CPC To Drive A Lorry?

You don’t need the full Driver Certificate of Professional Competence ( CPC ) qualification if you’re using the vehicle for: driving within 62 miles (100 kilometres) of your base – but the vehicle can’t be carrying passengers or goods, and driving a lorry, bus or coach can’t be your main job.

Do you need a CPC to drive a 7.5 tonne lorry?

DVSA has reminded drivers that they now can’t legally drive a 7.5 tonne truck professionally even if it’s on their driving licence unless they have completed the Driver CPC.

CPC certification is now legally required for almost all professional drivers holding Category C or Category D licences. Having said that, the government recommends all professional lorry, bus, and coach drivers assume they must have the CPC certification in order to drive legally.

Do Recovery drivers need CPC?

Driver A is employed by the local fire and rescue service. They can drive its vehicles without needing to have Driver CPC. However, if they work on a casual basis for a PCV or LGV operator, they will probably need Driver CPC when carrying out that work.

What is a CPC Licence?

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It has been introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety and maintaining high standards of driving.

How much is a CPC card?

You should expect to pay between £190.00 – £275.00 all in (should include tuition, VAT, test fee and use of vehicle). Periodic Driver CPC training requires all professional lorry, bus and coach drivers to complete 35 hours formal training every 5 years.

Is 7.5 tonne classed as HGV?

C1 – also referred to as a 7.5 tonne or class 3 this category enables the licence holder to drive a large goods vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of up to 7,500kg with a trailer up a maximum authorised mass of up to 750kg.

Can you fail a CPC course?

Periodic training is delivered through courses that you attend over the five-year period for which your current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail. No tests or exams. If you hold a vocational licence for buses and coaches as well as lorries, you only need to do one set of periodic training.

Can you drive without your CPC card?

The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘ DQC ‘. You must carry this card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally. You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your card. You must replace your card if it’s lost or stolen.

How many hours is CPC?

All your professional drivers – operating a truck, bus, or coach – must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years, in order to keep their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Do I need a CPC to drive my horsebox?

Once you have completed the initial qualification you will receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), which you must carry with you while driving your horsebox. You must do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to keep your Driver CPC.

Do you need CPC for minibus?

It is required by law that professional drivers of lorries, buses, coaches and minibuses hold a Driver CPC to continue their work. You only require a Driver CPC if you are paid to drive, but there are other exemptions you may qualify for, as outlined here.

Can you drive while waiting for CPC card?

If the periodic training has been undertaken and the driver is waiting for the Driver CPC card to arrive, the driver can still drive professionally and will not be fined for not having it with them. Driving professionally without Driver CPC is illegal and may incur a fine of up to £1000.

What does a CPC course involve?

Driver CPC- What you need to know. In 2003, a Directive was passed which required professional drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with nine seats or more to possess a certificate of professional competence (CPC) designed to improve the knowledge and skills of drivers throughout their working life.

Do I need a CPC to drive a 3.5 tonne van?

As of September 2009 anyone who drives a 3.5 Tonne or above Van or Lorry to deliver goods for their business is legally required to complete 35 Hours Periodic CPC Training every 5 Years. Drivers who do not complete the Periodic Training will lose their entitlement to operate vehicles of this category.

How many questions are on the CPC theory test?

Multiple Choice.

It is quite an intensive test – 115 minutes long with 100 questions to answer, and you must get 85 right to pass. Sometimes, there will be more than one correct answer, and the test will notify you if this is the case.

How much is a CPC theory test?

Test costs

Fee typeWeekdayEvening, weekend and bank holiday
Driver CPC part 1 – theory – (hazard perception)£11£11
Driver CPC part 2 – case studies£23£23
Driver CPC part 3 – driving ability£115£141
Driver CPC part 4 – practical demonstration£55£63

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How much is a digi tacho card?

Table of costs

Digital tachograph card feesDriver card
First card application£32
Replacement card: lost, stolen or damaged£19
Change of name and/or address on existing digital tachograph cardFree
Changing GB or Member State digital tachograph driver card for your first NI digital tachograph driver card£32

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How much is the driving test fee?

Driving Test FEES

Practical test typeWeekday priceWeekday evening and weekend price
Tractor and other specialist vehicles£62.00£75.00
Motorcycle Module 1£15.50£15.50
Motorcycle Module 2£75.00£88.50

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