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Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Training

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL3462, tabled on 26 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to extend, and (2) to reform, the Certificate of Professional Competence to encourage (a) experienced, and (b) retired, HGV drivers to return to work.

Answered on

1 November 2021

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced to improve road safety and provide economic and environmental benefits. Our assessment is that there are merits in modifying the processes, although change to key issues would require regulatory and legislative changes.

At the discretion of local DWP Work Coaches, the Flexible Support Fund is available to those who are currently unemployed or are in receipt of Universal Credit to renew their CPC, where appropriate. In addition, many employers are offering training packages so even if a driver’s CPC has lapsed, he or she can be supported in updating this through classroom or online courses.