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Driver CPC expected to cause lack of drivers

  • 15 January 2014
  • By Chris Druce

Most CV operators believe September’s Driver CPC deadline will lead to a driver shortage this autumn, according to exclusive research conducted for CM on behalf of Texaco Lubricants.

A survey of 500 CV operators, contained within the newly available CV industry Report 2014, found 59% agreed that “Driver CPC will lead to a driver shortage”. The view is consistent, irrespective of fleet size, although those with the largest operations (more than 51 vehicles) were most concerned, with 61% agreeing.

Data from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), published last month, shows 291,421 professional drivers (PCV and LGV) have completed the mandatory 35-hours of periodic training ahead of the 10 September 2014 deadline. This compares with 273,897 in October.

It means that as of November, 689,664 drivers were engaged in the training process (680,175
in October). However, based on DSA’s own estimate, as many as 60,336 drivers have yet to start their training.

Within our sample, 6% of firms said their drivers had done nothing to meet the deadline, despite it being less than a year away.

If this is representative of the wider road transport industry about 25,000 drivers are yet to begin training, equivalent to 125,000 training days.

  • The CV Industry Report can be downloaded for free (after a one-time registration). Produced for CM publisher Road Transport Media on behalf of Texaco Lubricants, with support from Continental, the report is in two halves.The first part is an overview of the UK CV industry today, while the second includes exclusive research based on responses from 500 UK-based CV operators.


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