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Certificate of Professional Competence

Professional Drivers who drive on Company Business, Must be on Your Approved Checklist before you hand over the keys!

HGV & PCV Vehicles used on Company Business, Must also be on Your Approved Checklist before you hand over the keys!

"It's not what you have done but what you can prove you have done!" You can only prove it to the company and authorities by keeping current records!

Don't forget, that any negligence or failure of duty of care as a result of any action or proceedings taken against the vehicle or driver under Current Legislation can now include the company or organisation on whose business they were being driven or driving!

EU Directive 2003/59/EC

Who is required to comply?

It affects all new and existing drivers.

Including a professional driver from countries outside the EU - Who drives within a Member state.

Who will not be affected?

Drivers of vehicles with maximum design speed less than 45kph

Which drivers are exempt?

  • Armed forces, fire and defence
  • Drivers of road testing vehicles
  • Emergency services
  • Drivers of vehicles used for lessons
  • Non-commercial driving
  • Incidental drivers (Vehicle driving does not constitute the driver's principal activity*)
*Examples: (1) A bus driver needs a CPC - The mechanic who test drives the bus does not.

(2) A horsebox driver needs a CPC - The rider who drives their horse to a show does not.

(3) A school bus driver needs a CPC - The school teacher driving on a field trip does not.


Who is exempt?

"Acquired Rights"

Drivers already holding a full Driving licence for the above Categories on:

  • 10 September 2008 - PCV Driving Licence
  • 10 September 2009 - HGV Driving Licence

Initial Qualification

Qualification will be received through testing in two parts:
  • Four-hour theory test
  • Two-hour practical test
These tests will be required as well as the licence acquisition tests

Modular approach will reduce the burden (See qualification syllabus)

Initial Qualification Completed

Once completed a professional driver receives:
  • A Certificate of Professional Competence - Driver CPC
Valid for five (5) years from date of issue

May drive professionally throughout all Member states

Enforcement bodies throughout Europe can ask to see evidence of a - Driver CPC

Completion will be recorded as:

  • Code on driving licence for UK licences
  • Separate driver qualification card for non-UK licence holders


All who drive professionally must comply

Must take part in 35 hours retraining every 5 years - i.e. one week

Can be taken in courses of no less than 7 hours at one time - one day

Free to distribute the five days over the five year period

The syllabus is the same as for initial training

Syllabus Summary - Download full Periodic Training Here

  • Eco-safe and fuel efficient driving
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • First aid
  • Health and safety
  • Drivers hours regulations
  • Using tachographs

We are told the Expected Benefits are:

  • Accident reduction
  • Less fatalities / injuries
  • Less downtime due to accidents
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • Increased fuel efficiency
  • Reduced emissions
  • Lower fuel costs
  • Improved profit margins
  • Reduction in maintenance costs
  • Improved image for the industries
  • To increase recruitment and retention

Any Vehicle or Driver on the Business of a Company or Organisation - the School teacher taking little Nikki home with a cut finger - the church warden taking the Alter Cloth to the dry cleaners - to the heavy goods vehicle on its way with 20 tonnes of white goods - All are Owed a Duty of Care by you as VDOC Manager!

If you haven't done already take a good look at our 10 point policy and consider putting it into your company structure before the incident you never thought would happen - happens!

Return to HGV Driving Licence from Professional Drivers CPC

Return to PCV Driving Licence from Professional Drivers CPC

VDOC - Golden Rule

"It is not what you have done but what you can prove you have done!"

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