Training exemption for HGV technicians

DfT to eliminate need for HGV techs to take driver training

Published:  09 August, 2013

HGV technicians will no longer need to be trained to drive heavy trucks short distances, Roads Minister Stephen Hammond has announced.

Under current European rules, anyone who drives heavy goods vehicles or buses must complete a Certificate of Professional Competence but around 76,000 people who drive them for short distances, for the purposes of delivering or repairing them, will soon be exempt as part of a government cost cutting drive.

Stephen Hammond said: "Driver training is essential to ensure that lorry and bus drivers keep their skills up to scratch and keep our roads safe.

"But making the training compulsory for those who only drive HGVs over short distances - because they are delivering them for repair or testing - is costly and time-consuming. That is why we are making these exemptions which will reduce costs and administration for businesses."

Two exemptions, made following a consultation, will be implemented this autumn.

The first exemption benefits both mechanics and valets delivering vehicles. It applies as long as no goods or passengers are being carried, the vehicle is not being used for hire or reward, driving HGVs or PSVs is not the driver's main job and the vehicle remains within 50km of the driver's base.

The second exemption benefits mechanics - it applies as long as the vehicle is being driven to an official test at a VOSA or authorised testing facility.

The Government also intends to look again at whether the scope of exemptions from driver CPC can be extended in respect of farmers.

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