Proposals to reduce the minimum course lengths for Driver CPC modules and accelerate the re-entry of returning drivers have been put to the industry for feedback.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said it wanted views on how the DCPC qualification is maintained and how it could take advantage of the greater autonomy to regulate drivers following Brexit.

It said the potential measures under consideration included removing the mandatory requirements around course durations and time limits when a DCPC course is split over two days.

In addition, the DfT wants views on a plan to introduce a new periodic test as an alternative to periodic training, which would be delivered by the DVSA.

The proposals also include the creation of two parallel qualifications for driving in GB and NI – a national DCPC and an international DCPC.

Both would permit driving journeys domestically, but only the I-DCPC would permit driving to, from or within the EU.

“We would like to emphasise that the proposals are all subject to consultation and no final decisions have been made on which reforms may be taken forward,” the DfT said.

“Proposals on which we are consulting will require amendments to legislation.”

The consultation follows a review of the DCPC last year in response to the acute driver shortage.

You can read and respond to the consultation on GOV.UK as well as read through the DCPC review report.

The closing date is 11:45pm on Thursday 27 April.