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‘Timing for Driver CPC deadline is all wrong’

  • 17 February 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

September is the “worst possible month” for the Driver CPC deadline because a seasonal driver shortage could clash with thousands yet to start their training, warned the head of the UK’s largest supplier of agency drivers.

Andrew Waldron, MD of ADR Network and LGV Training Network, said there was a record shortfall of agency drivers last September and the looming deadline of the Driver CPC would create a storm.

He said: “People are still registering drivers that have done zero amount of days. They’re saying, ‘I have six months left, haven’t I?’

“We didn’t have enough drivers last summer. [And if] you overlay the people going into CPC training in June, July and August, then we are going to have a problem.”

Waldron said part of the problem was that the DVSA – formerly Vosa and the DSA – cannot separate the figures for PCV and LGV drivers, meaning no one fully understands what needs to be done: “The first way to solve the problem is to understand the scale of it; at the moment we are lacking sufficient data.”

His comments came after the chief executive of Skills for Logistics said it was inevitable there would be a driver shortfall in the autumn (CM 13 January).

James Firth, head of road freight and enforcement policy at the Freight Transport Association, said: “The biggest problem is going to be driver poaching. If an operator who hasn’t trained its drivers suddenly realises they need to do something, they might take the option of offering good wages to tempt qualified drivers away from the operators who have trained them.”


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