Scrap Drivers Certificate Professional Competence (DCPC) to ease driver shortage

Government and the Department for transport need to remove the requirement for a driver to hold a DCPC also known as drivers certificate of professional competence, this has been required since 2009.

12,214 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Tuesday 13th July 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
2
Signature Deadline
Thursday 13th January 2022
Estimated Final Signatures: 12,265

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Recent Documents related to Scrap Drivers Certificate Professional Competence (DCPC) to ease driver shortage

1. Scrap Drivers Certificate Professional Competence (DCPC) to ease driver shortage
08/07/2021 - Petitions

Found: Government and the Department for transport need to remove the requirement for a driver to hold a DCPC

2. Section 19 and 22 permits: how to apply EU Regulation 1071/2009
15/03/2019 - Department for Transport
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Found: passenger transport in Great Britain : Better aligning EU Regulation 1071/2009 with the Transport Act 1985

3. Explanatory Memorandum to the Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
21/09/2018 - Department for Transport
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Found: MEMORANDUM TO THE VEHICLE DRIVERS (CER TIFICATE S OF PROFESSIONAL COMP ETENCE) (AMENDMENT ) ( EU

4. Category B driving licence derogation for alternatively fuelled commercial vehicles
29/03/2018 - Innovate UK
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Found: commercial vehicles July 2017 2 The Department for Transport has actively considered the needs of

5. Category B driving licence derogation for alternatively fuelled commercial vehicles
29/03/2018 - Department for Transport
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Found: commercial vehicles July 2017 2 The Department for Transport has actively considered the needs of

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Scrap Drivers Certificate Professional Competence (DCPC) to ease driver shortage

1. Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2021
09/11/2021 - Grand Committee

1: heavy goods vehicle drivers, thereby helping to reduce the acute HGV driver shortage in this country. This - Speech Link
2: (No. 2) Regulations 2021 will remove the requirement for drivers who hold a category B licence, namely - Speech Link
3: and testing providers, to further incentivise drivers to get training and so maintain our excellent road - Speech Link

2. HGV Driver Shortages
13/09/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: Urgent Question asked in the other place on HGV drivers. The Statement is as follows:“Mr Speaker - Speech Link
2: the Statement. The Government have known for months and months that driver shortage issues would be exacerbated - Speech Link

3. Animal Welfare (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
06/03/2019 - Grand Committee

1: the EU. The regulation also sets out the requirements for transporters, drivers and vehicles to be authorised - Speech Link

4. Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020
13/05/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: exclusion from the requirement for light vehicles to hold a valid MoT test certificate, but I have a number - Speech Link

5. Lorry Drivers
07/07/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the shortage of lorry drivers; and what steps - Speech Link
2: Lords, the Government hold regular meetings with the road haulage industry regarding driver shortages - Speech Link
3: I welcome the government action. Brexit and Covid combined have, in part, led to the crisis that we - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Scrap Drivers Certificate Professional Competence (DCPC) to ease driver shortage
1. Professional Organisations: Government Assistance
asked by: Lord Kennedy of Southwark
07/04/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are providing to professional membership companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Department for Transport: Local Government Finance
asked by: Clive Betts
25/10/2021
... how many funds are allocated to local authorities by his Department through a process of competitive bidding; and if he will publish the names of those funds.

3. Community Transport: Local Government
asked by: Steve Reed
10/09/2021
... what assessment he has made of the availability of local authority-provided community transport schemes.

4. Department for Transport: Apprentices
asked by: Kate Green
04/02/2021
... how many and what proportion of the staff employed by his Department are apprentices.

5. Department for Transport: Staff
asked by: Darren Jones
02/02/2021
... (d) 2020 and (e) 2021.

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The RHA and FTA I’ve been asking the government to help the haulage industry with the driver shortage, scrapping the CPC requirement will enable LGV license holders to return to driving who currently cannot do so due to not having a DCPC, The scheme never fulfilled the promises made when it was introduced and has exacerbated the driver shortage to the point that the economy will suffer, it’s time now to rethink this poorly thought out legislation that caused a large exodus of drivers.


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Government Response

Friday 15th October 2021

Ensuring that professional drivers of large and heavy vehicles keep their skills up to date is key to maintaining road safety and protecting both vocational drivers and other road users.


Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) is intended to improve road safety and provide economic and environmental benefits. All professional drivers are required to complete 35 hours of training before the end of the 5-year period, but each course can be completed at the driver’s convenience. This could be one a year or a 35-hour block at the end of the period.

Many professionals are required to undertake continuing professional development to stay up to date with the demands and legal requirements of their chosen profession. It is not unreasonable that professional large vehicle drivers who have a significant responsibility for road safety should be required to undertake some form of regular training. 

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) encourages drivers to spread out their learning and to consider which courses best reflect the work they are doing and the development they require. This flexible approach was agreed with the industry.

The DCPC is associated with individual drivers and not their employers, and it is for employers to decide if they wish to contribute to DCPC renewal. This could include, for example, making time available or selecting courses appropriate to the business and funding the training. We believe that this could play a fundamental role in improving driver retention rates.

Many employers are currently offering training packages to support drivers with a lapsed DCPC update their training through classroom or online courses. HGV licence holders who are currently unemployed or are in receipt of Universal Credit can, at the discretion of local DWP Work Coaches, access the DWP Flexible Support Fund to renew their DCPC.

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