‘Expect no change to DCPC’

There are many people who believe that Brexit will spell the end of the Driver CPC (DCPC). However, there are a few considerations worth further discussion.

Firstly, DCPC is an EU Directive, not a Regulation. The EU Directive 2003/59/EC (on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers) lays out a framework for other EU member states to follow.

The UK had to enact this directive with the statutory instrument ‘ROAD TRAFFIC The Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) Regulations 2007’.

This made DCPC part of UK law; therefore, in order to abandon these rules (and Driver CPC), the UK Government would, in effect, have to repeal its own law. This is unlikely to be a priority for any Government in the next five years or so.

The second consideration is that given the essence of such training is to improve drivers’ knowledge and safety, the political desire to repeal such a law might perhaps be best described as reluctant.

The final consideration is that, if the UK wishes to maintain strong trading links with the EU, then it is likely that future UK Governments will be required to have a law that meets the existing EU Directive.

Even if the UK opts to adopt the aforementioned AETR rules, then again they will have little choice but to have some legislation in place regarding DCPC. Article 5 of the AETR Agreement 2010 makes specific reference that drivers in the 49 contracting countries must hold a "certificate of professional competence.”

As the UK now endures a period of uncertainty over the coming months (or even possibly years) it is highly probable that in respect of drivers’ hours, O-Licensing and DCPC, all those concerned with road transport (passenger or freight) will see little or no changes in the foreseeable future.

Mark Lewin,

Novadata Transport Training