New figures released week ending 11th September 2015 showed that almost 99% of lorry drivers stopped during roadside checks in the last year had completed their Driver Certificate of Competence (CPC) periodic training.

These figures have been released to mark the first anniversary of when Driver CPC became compulsory for all professional HGV drivers.

DVSA Enforcement Service Manager, Gordon Macdonald, said: “We’re very pleased that the evidence from our roadside checks shows the vast majority of professional drivers have completed Driver CPC training, as required. CPC training helps all professional drivers to keep their skills and knowledge fully up-to-date. It also allows them to gain new skills, such as first aid or eco-driving techniques, and can help to improve road safety as well as saving money for operators.”

Praise for stakeholders:

DVSA’s Senior Training Accreditation Manager, Liz Heaton, has praised stakeholders who made essential contributions to the CPC scheme’s design and its roll-out across the UK.

She said: “By working in close partnership with representative bodies, employers, trainers and drivers, we introduced a flexible system that benefits all road users. It’s great that uptake is high, though even 99% can be improved upon. I’m confident our partners in the large vehicle industry will continue to create exciting, relevant training that improves fuel efficiency, professionalism and safety for all, including vulnerable road users.’’

DVSA carried out more than 89,000 roadside checks between 11 September 2014 and 31 August 2015. Only 1,400 Driver CPC related offences were recorded during these checks.