Integrating Driver CPC with NVQs will alienate even more HGV drivers


The government’s plans to integrate parts of the Driver CPC into national vocational qualification (NVQ) courses risk alienating older drivers who will view it as another hoop to jump through, according to Sean Pargeter, owner of EP Training Services.

Pargeter was responding to the DfT, which told CM last week that the Driver CPC was here to stay, although parts of it could be assimilated into NVQ courses.

Pargeter said the idea had been floated shortly before the Driver CPC was introduced but that drivers had viewed it as an inconvenience.

“The industry found it more of a hindrance than doing 35 hours of training,” he said. “The NVQ doesn’t eliminate the problem of doing the same thing five times.”

Pargeter said it might work for young people entering the industry, but added: “Why would the more mature driver want to do stuff for their CV? It doesn’t relate to their job. They [older drivers] have done it before and it doesn’t work.”

The DfT said it was looking to promote CPC training in the industry but it had no information on its NVQ plans.

Billy Bowie Special Projects opts for Renault Ts

Billy Bowie Special Products


Billy Bowie Special Projects has added six Renault Range T 460 mid-lifts to its 125-stong mixed fleet to meet demand for its services.

The 44-tonne vehicles, supplied by Renault Trucks Scotland, come with six-year repair and maintenance contracts and join a Range T and 32-tonne Range C 430 8x4 with Atlas Hooklift in its fleet.

They will carry out tanker work across Scotland and the East of England and will be based at the liquid waste haulage and septic tank hire and cleaning specialist’s Kilmarnock and Garforth depots.

Fleet operations director Douglas Bowie said: “Following the changes in environmental standards there is a greater requirement for the treatment of liquid waste.

"To meet this, we need reliable trucks and first-class service.”