In 2003 the European Union passed the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) directive. This affects all new drivers as it introduces a new initial qualification and also impacts on current professional LGV and PCV drivers.
All drivers, new and existing, will have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training.
The EU directive became effective on 10 September 2008 for the PCV sector and 10 September 2009 for the LGV sector. There is a period of grace of five years for each category, with drivers required to complete before 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Periodic Training is designed to confirm, and expand on, the existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient drivers.
It will also enable drivers to keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and benefit from training throughout their whole career.
Drivers who undergo training have their CPC record maintained electronically and each period of training is submitted by the training provider and logged in a central database. Once the 35 hours of training have been attained, a Driver Qualification Card will be automatically generated by DVLA and issued to the driver.
Only courses that have been approved - and are being delivered by a training centre that has been approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT), will count towards the Periodic Training requirement.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has been approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training.
Courses are currently in the process of restructure and will be available for delivery shortly.