Driver CPC needs significant revision, says transport select committee

The transport select committee has said that the Driver CPC is a waste of time and money for hauliers and needs significant revision.

In its Government Motoring Agencies report, the cross-party group of MPs concluded that the Driver CPC “may not be delivering all the benefits expected of it”.

The committee said the government should negotiate changes at the highest European level to improve the Driver CPC. “If businesses and drivers must commit time and resource to mandatory training, then that training must be worthwhile. At the moment, this is not the case,” it said.

The report highlighted evidence given by senior traffic commissioner Beverley Bell, who described the quality of training from some providers, albeit a “small percentage”, as poor.

The report also picked up on criticism from Leon Daniels, MD of surface transport at Transport for London, who attacked the loophole that allows people to sit the same course over consecutive days to achieve their mandatory 35 hours of training.

Daniels’ criticism was echoed by Adrian Jones, national officer at Unite, who said that this has “no benefit to the driver, the employer or the industry”. Jones also said that the training sometimes equates to little more than attendance.

In response, Jack Semple, director of policy at the Road Haulage Association (RHA) said while the Driver CPC was far from perfect, the association was against mandating the training syllabus. “Although we would be in favour of action to prevent drivers taking the same course five times,” he said.

Semple said the RHA was keen on a provision to promote annual training. “If this had been adopted as we lobbied for more than eight years ago, it would have avoided some of the manpower issues members have faced recently.”