Issued on behalf of DVSA:

Over the last few months, we’ve been reviewing the Driver CPC part 4 (practical safety demonstration) test for lorry, bus and coach drivers who are doing their initial qualification.

From Thursday 1 December 2016, the questions we ask in part 4 changed. This is because we want to:

  • keep up to date with modern technology such as digital tachographs
  • make them easier to understand

 They’re still based on the source material already in DVSA’s official learning materials about Driver CPC.

Live pilot – giving customers more choice

 A live pilot has just started to assess how practical it would be for external assessors to conduct Driver CPC part 4 tests. It will run through to early 2017.

DVSA will continue to offer the test. However, opening up delivery to other providers would give customers more choice of where they take this test.

This will also help to maintain the current national LGV driving test waiting time.

Potential next steps

Should we progress beyond the pilot, candidates and trainers will still be able to book Driver CPC part 4 tests with DVSA as well as booking their assessments with external assessors such as:

  • current Driver CPC providers
  • approved LGV trainers
  • those customer sites and other training organisations who deliver Driver CPC part 4 training  

Issued on behalf of DVA:  

Please be aware this article is only applicable to GB drivers.    DVA have not as yet changed their DCPC part 4 questions and are not considering external assessors route at this time.