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TC Kevin Rooney issues stern Driver CPC warning

  • 09 June 2014
  • By Steve Hobson

A transport manager has lost his repute indefinitely for failing to make sure that his drivers had started their Driver CPC training, resulting in high levels of drivers’ hours infringements.

Speaking at Tip-ex and Tank-ex 2014 last week, North East traffic commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney said he had also curtailed the operator’s licence from 22 to 11 trucks for two weeks so the drivers could be taken off the road and get their training.

“At a public inquiry three weeks ago, the transport manager had done nothing on Driver CPC, so I curtailed the licence and disqualified the transport manager indefinitely,” said Rooney. “The lack of training had led to the drivers’ hours infringements.”

Rooney said it was unacceptable for transport managers to expect drivers to do the Driver CPC training in their own time.

In 2013, 127 transport managers lost their repute and 16 had their competence withdrawn, effectively disqualifying them from working as a transport manager for a given period, until they had fulfilled the conditions imposed by the TC or in the worst cases indefinitely.

In February, Transport for London’s industrial HGV Task Force prosecuted Sutton, Surrey-based Dave Mundy Strip-Out after one of its drivers was found working without the required Driver CPC training.

The driver received a £400 fine in what was believed to be the first case where a firm has been prosecuted for not having the relevant Driver CPC qualification.

DVSA recently conceded it didn’t know how many Drivers would need to complete the Driver CPC within the next few months.

  • This article was first published in Commercial Motor 5 June. Why not subscribe today?

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