Transport for London (TfL) operates the Congestion Charge, Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and Ultra-low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London. While compliant vehicles do not incur a charge to drive in the LEZ or ULEZ, all vehicles in the central zone must pay the Congestion Charge.
Drivers of vehicles that require vocational licences in group 2 (categories C and D and the associated subcategories C1 and D1) who wish to drive professionally must attain the Driver CPC qualification. Which Drivers Does the Driver CPC Affect?
This topic covers the requirements of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, which is a qualification for professional drivers of certain goods and passenger vehicles. It was developed as a result of EU Directive 2003/59, which requires drivers to be continuously trained throughout their working lives.
The company acknowledges the importance of the Driver CPC qualification which has been a requirement since September 2009. We intend to fully comply with the requirements of the Driver CPC and management are completely behind plans to prepare for its implementation. Staff at all levels will be expected to co-operate with the plans and arrangements that are now being put in place. The action plan, detailed below, identifies the actions that will be taken by the company.
From 10 September 2009 drivers are required to adhere to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements. If drivers fail to remain within the periodic training requirements they will not be issued with a Driver Qualification Card and will therefore not be able to drive large goods or passenger-carrying vehicles.
There are situations where a driver would be exempt from the requirement to hold a driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification, eg when driving certain types of vehicles. See the Vehicles exempt from Driver CPC Requirements Checklist.