Last reviewed 2 July 2020

In March, we reported that the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) had launched a consultation into its plans to improve the implementation in the UK of Directive 2003/59/EC (see Have your say on improvements to the Driver CPC).

Having taken account of the feedback it received, the Agency has now announced a series of improvements to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).

Its report on the responses to the consultation can be found at GOV.UK.

It has now decided to:

  • allow 12 out of the 35 required hours to be e-learning

  • allow training programmes that align with drivers work such as dangerous goods and transport of passengers

  • allow an exemption for drivers in some industries including agriculture, horticulture, forestry and farming

  • continue to recognise Swiss Driver CPC and to allow a combination of UK or EU and Swiss training hours to be taken into account when determining if the minimum training has been completed.

“Following publication of the response,” DVSA said, “we will be amending the law to allow these changes to come into force on 22 July 2020.”

It has also promised to update the relevant guidance and to notify operators once this work is completed and the changes to Driver CPC are implemented.