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Task Force prosecutes haulier for lack of Driver CPC

  • 28 February 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Transport for London’s industrial HGV Task Force has prosecuted a haulier after one of its drivers was found working without the required Driver CPC.

Earlier this month, City of London Magistrates Court was told how in November 2013, police officers from the task force stopped a driver from Sutton, Surrey-based Dave Mundy Strip-Out. The driver was licensed for the category of vehicle, but had not taken the mandatory initial Driver CPC modules he was required to do, having passed his test in late September 2009 (see below).

By contrast, drivers who acquired their vocational licence before 10 September 2009 benefit from acquired rights and have until September this year to complete the 35 hours of periodic approved training.

Dave Mundy Strip-Out was also prosecuted for a further two offences: using an HGV without an O-licence and using a truck with no height indicator. It pleaded guilty to the three offences and was fined £2,100 and ordered to pay £200 in fees. The driver also received a £400 fine for driving an HGV without the required Driver CPC.

It is a significant coup for the task force, which began operation in October 2013. It is believed to be the first case where a firm has been prosecuted for a driver not having the relevant Driver CPC qualification.

The task force is made up of officers from TfL, City of London Police, Metropolitan Police Service and the DVSA (formerly the DSA and Vosa). So far, more than 1,500 vehicles have been stopped and more than 400 fixed penalty notices issued.

TfL director of enforcement and on-street operations Steve Burton said: “This is a great result for our task force, who conduct daily co-ordinated enforcement operations against non-compliant operators, drivers and vehicles.”

  • Know your modules

The potential for drivers to take their HGV licence without completing their initial Driver CPC has been flagged up by several trainers. The problem lies with the fact that to obtain a valid HGV licence, drivers need to take only modules one and three.

The DVLA will then issue an HGV driver’s licence. However, to drive professionally, those entering the industry after September 2009 also need to complete modules two and four to gain their initial Driver CPC. Not all driving providers offer the full package due to differing requirements and cost. Clive Aisbitt owner of Trowbridge, Wiltshire-based RLR Services, told CM last July that seven drivers had turned up at his company to undertake periodic Driver CPC training who did not hold an initial Driver CPC qualification, and were unaware that they required it.

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