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Increase in the number of Driver CPC audits referred for investigation by DVSA

  • 21 July 2014
  • By Chris Druce

There was an increase in the number of Driver CPC audits referred to the DVSA for further investigation last year.

In the 2013/14 period, 462 centre audits and 1,005 course audits were undertaken by approvals body JAUPT. Where serious non-compliance was identified, the case was referred to the DVSA.

According to the latest Driver CPC periodic training compliance report, there were 135 cases referred for further investigation last year compared with 100 twelve months earlier.

The most common reason for referral was course duration (50%), followed by identity checking and course registration (45%), and deviation by the trainer from the approved course plan (41%).

The audit programme resulted in 133 drivers having their training hours revoked and 214 drivers having their training hours blocked.

Responding to the report, Jack Semple the director of policy at the Road Haulage Association, said: “As we reach the end of the first five-year period for Driver CPC, it is clear that the mainstream haulage industry has not only come to terms with the requirements but is becoming increasingly positive towards it. This report will give added confidence.

“A key finding is that 90% of audits have not identified any serious non-compliance in training, which indicates that our DCPC training is generally on the right track in terms of the quality. That does not mean that there is not room for improvement and clearly there is a problem with the remaining 10%; but there is a strong platform for development.”

Semple added that relaxation of the requirement to deliver a seven-hour course within 24 hours (under the current framework), would be something the RHA would be continuing to push the DfT for.

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