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Driver CPC trainers say: ‘We’ve been offered bribes’

  • 24 May 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

Some drivers and employers who have not completed their Driver CPC training have tried to bribe instructors to sign off courses without them attending, has learnt.

With the deadline for the mandatory 35 hours of training required less than four months away (10 September), some trainers have told that they have been approached by drivers to get them qualified without having to sit any courses.

ATD Training chief executive Andrew O’Connell said: “It has only happened to me twice, with two drivers. They asked me if there was any other way they could apply for the Driver Qualification Card, to which I promptly answered ‘no’ .”

An Oxfordshire driver trainer, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had been contacted by another training school asking if he’d provide all 35 hours to a class of 12 in just one day.

“I have been asked this before,” he said. “It irritated me. He was just trying to make money on the sly. It made me cross.”

He added that these deals are being floated for various reasons, including laziness, panic at the looming deadline, a driver aversion to classroom teaching, as well as not wanting to give up a day’s earnings. “Some work seven days a week; money is still tight. I am sure many freelancers are putting in long working weeks to make ends meet.”

Rizwan Ahmed, operations director at Euro Driver CPC Training, said a sense of panic was creeping in as the deadline approached. He said: “A lot of people are coming through the doors. I’m booking people on courses in August and September, I am that busy. Some are doing the backhanded thing, paying for courses when not actually doing them.”


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