As the deadline for Brexit approaches, commercial drivers need to ensure that their Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualifications are properly updated to avoid potential compliance issues on the road.
Specifically, the government recently released CPC requirements that lorry, bus and coach drivers must follow in preparation for Brexit. Failure to implement these standards before 31st January 2020 could threaten your organisation’s ability to continue professional driving operations in both the UK and EU.
CPC for Lorry, Bus and Coach Drivers
All lorry, bus and coach drivers must have proper CPC qualifications to drive professionally in the UK and in some EU countries. If your organisation is a UK company, all UK drivers must complete CPC periodic training by a predetermined deadline. This UK driver CPC qualification will allow drivers to operate in the UK and drive to or through EU countries for any international journeys that UK companies are allowed to make after Brexit.
If your organisation is an EU company, drivers need to exchange their UK driver CPC qualifications for an EU alternative before 31st January 2020. Driver qualifications differ based on how the country you operate in recognises driver CPC.
Offer a driver CPC card (like the UK), also known as a driver qualification car• Add code 95 to driving licences
Some countries accept both methods. For a list of countries that recognise driver CPC cards or add code 95 to driving licences, click here. The UK will also accept driver CPC cards from EU countries after Brexit.
Additional Commercial Driver Requirements
In addition to meeting CPC standards, UK commercial drivers and hauliers may need the following to drive professionally in the EU if a no-deal Brexit takes place: