Last reviewed 4 June 2020

We recently reported on changes to the rules regarding the Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to take account of difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic (see Temporary changes to Driver CPC requirement).

On 31 March 2020, the Agency gave notice that, subject to review, it did not intend to carry out enforcement action against drivers from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020 if their DQC (driver qualification card) expired during this period.

This gave drivers up to 29 extra days to complete their periodic CPC training, if this was disrupted due to Covid-19.

However, this notice has now been rescinded and enforcement action will be carried out from September in relation to DQCs expiring after 31 August 2020, as the DVSA believes that there are now enough periodic training courses available for drivers whose DQC expires in September 2020 to renew their card before that date.

“If your DQC expires from September 2020, you must not drive until it is renewed,” the Agency has warned drivers. “You could face a £1000 fine if you drive without a valid DQC.”

It has also reminded operators that drivers must carry their DQC when carrying out international road transport. All EU countries were obliged to recognise the extension previously granted.

Full details of changes to Driver CPC card validity for lorry, bus and coach drivers during the coronavirus pandemic can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-temporary-changes-to-driver-cpc-requirements#history.