Two thirds of drivers have not done CPC training, says survey
A survey of agency LGV drivers has revealed that nearly two-thirds have yet to do any training to meet the 2014 deadline for mandatory CPC driver accreditation.
The poll of 1,000 drivers by specialist haulage agency ADR found that 63% (627) had not started their CPC training, while 37% (373) had.
Andrew Waldron, managing director of ADR, says one of the major reasons for the slow uptake in CPC training is that many older drivers are planning to leave the industry by September 2014 rather than complete the Driver CPC.
A report by Skills for Logistics backs up Waldron's concerns. It revealed there is a shortfall of 1.7 million Driver CPC training hours, suggesting many don't intend to do the seven-hour training course to achieve the qualification.
Figures from the Department for Transport estimate that up to 337,313 commercial vehicle drivers (including PCV) are yet begin CPC training, with the average driver currently having completed around two days of training.
This is supported by data gathered by Driver Hire at this year's CV Show, which showed around half of those interviewed have completed two or three days’ training. Richard Owen-Hughes, group marketing director of Driver Hire, said: "These people are on track to complete their training by the 2014 deadline. However that means half of the industry is still behind, and far too many people have done no Driver CPC training at all."
Home Office cracks down on drug drivers
The government is to introduce new laws to make it easier to prosecute drivers found to have illegal drugs in their system.
Under the proposed new legislation, announced in the Queens Speech last week, it will automatically be an offence to drive a motor vehicle if certain controlled drugs found in the body exceed specified limits. Currently, police have to prove that driving had been impaired by drugs in order to prosecute.
Devices to screen for drugs are expected to receive type approval from the Home Office by the end of the year.
The penalty for the new offence will be a maximum of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000, and an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning says: “Drug drivers are a deadly menace – they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do.
“The new offence sends out a clear message that if you drive whilst under the influence of drugs you will not get away with it.
“We have an enviable record on road safety in this country and I want to keep it that way. This measure will help to rid our roads of the irresponsible minority who risk the lives of innocent motorists and pedestrians.”