As a professional driver you will need to complete 35 hours of 'periodic training' every five years to retain your Driver CPC. Only approved courses taken with approved training centres will count towards periodic training. All courses are run in 7 hour blocks.
If you hold both a Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) licence and a Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) licence, then you will only be required to complete one set of periodic training.
As an existing professional bus, coach and lorry driver you are deemed to hold Driver CPC by ‘acquired rights’. However, you must complete your periodic training within five years of the previous deadline date for Driver CPC, as follows:
• before 10 September 2018 for PCV licence holders
• before 10 September 2019 for LGV licence holders
Note: 'Acquired rights' (or 'grandfather rights') apply to people who already hold a full vocational licence to drive buses, coaches and lorries on the Driver CPC start date. A licence acquired before January 1997 which has a 'D1 not for hire or reward', ‘D not for hire or reward’ or '079' code does not qualify as 'acquired rights', nor do they provide any provisional entitlement. To drive professionally, drivers will need to take all four modules of the new Driver CPC test.
If you give up driving professionally, and let your Driver CPC expire, then you must complete 35 hours of periodic training in order to regain your Driver CPC before you can resume driving in the freight, bus and coach industries professionally.
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