The Freight Transport Association (FTA) in the UK says figures just released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for roadside HGV checks prove that most lorry drivers are complying with new periodic training rules.
The DVSA revealed that “almost 99%” of drivers they stopped had completed their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training and had a valid Driver CPC card with them.
More than 89,000 roadside checks were carried out by the DVSA between 11 September 2014 and 31 August this year. Only 1,400 Driver CPC-related offences were recorded.
The new regulations came into force on 10 September 2014 and drivers of lorries, buses and coaches must complete 35 hours of training every five years to stay qualified.
James Firth, Head of Licensing Policy and Compliance Information, said: “FTA is pleased to see these figures today which reflect what we had expected. Since the September 2014 deadline passed the picture from the DVSA roadside checks has been that compliance levels are high, and these figures illustrate the message the freight industry has embraced Driver CPC.
“There have been some massive changes in legislation affecting drivers in the past 12 months, so whilst industry is compliant we believe that the best way to keep up-to-date with this is to take Driver CPC at a day a year.”