Lack of harmonisation of standards for Driver CPC training across the 27 European Union member states is in danger of wrecking one of the original goals of the directive introducing the compulsory training of drivers – mutual recognition of the qualification by every member state. Distrust of standards of instructors and training in other states means four members states- Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania and Sweden – do not recognise the Initial Driver CPC done in other EU countries and eight states […]
Mark Magee, the Driving Standards Agency’s acting director for regulation, standards and development, answers MT’s questions on Driver CPC. Many operators and drivers are cynical about the Driver CPC, regarding it as an expensive waste of time. I believe that one reason for this is the perception – right or wrong – that some people are still getting away with delivering low quality, non-compliant training. What enforcement effort is the DSA now applying to Jaupt approved centres to ensure all […]
The seven United Road Transport Union (URTU) men arrested by police as part of a fraud investigation relating to the Driver CPC have had their bail extended until September. All were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation in February as part of a police and Driving Standards Agency probe. They include URTU general secretary Bob Monks, national officer Mel Thornton, and regional officers Lee Pimbley and Mike Billingham. Their bail terms had originally been extended until 30 July, […]
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – also still known separately as the Driving Standards Agency and Vosa – has said it is not surprised that under 10% of respondents to its recent Driver CPC consultation felt the new qualification had significantly improved road safety.