The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on the road transport & logistics industry in a variety of ways.
The news that the Driving & Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA) has advised that there should be no further classroom-based Driver CPC training until 21st June 2020 has potentially left HGV drivers whose Driver Qualification Card (DQC) runs out before then, with a problem. How to complete their annual round of periodic training before the deadline date on their card.
However, training providers who meet required DVSA standards can offer online training. Driver Hire is one of them and has a wide range of online Driver CPC training courses available.
“Obviously we can’t offer any courses that feature an on-road or practical element,” says John Keelan-Edwards, Driver Hire Risk Management Director. “Following conversations with the DVSA, they’ve given us the green light to run 16 courses covering subjects including up to the minute instructions on Drivers’ Hours and the Working Time Directive, Fuel Efficient Driving, Manual Handling and Health & Safety.
“Clearly, at this current critical time for the whole nation, it’s imperative that logistics operations in key sectors want to keep as many drivers on the road as possible. Losing drivers because their DQC card has expired is an unnecessary risk – this is the way to avoid it. Equally, it’s a perfect opportunity for drivers working in non-essential sectors, who may have been temporarily stood down, to complete their annual round of training. The same applies to drivers who are self-isolating because they may have been in contact with someone who has the virus.”
A review of the advice regarding classroom-based training will take place in June.
Call a member of our friendly team on 0808 178 9977 for more information, or browse our range of online courses here.