Compliance with Driver CPC legislation has been very high, MT has learned, as the first anniversary of the completion deadline arrives today (10 September).

Figures from an Freedom of Information request revealed that of 82,458 roadside encounters since the deadline for CPC ended at the close of play on the 9 September 2014 1,206 (1.5%) of the drivers stopped were caught without their Driver Qualification Card (DQC). This resulted in 791 fixed penalty notices.

The majority (770) were for not having their DQC available when they were stopped. The fixed penalty of £50 per offence accumulated £38,500 in fines for this category.

The remaining 21 penalties were issued to those who had not started or completed their CPC training, amounting to an additional £15,000 in collected fines; an average of £714 per offence.

Almost 70% of fixed penalty fines were for vehicles registered in the UK, with a further 10% accounted for by those from Ireland.

The next highest represented nation was Poland, which accounted for 5% of fixed penalty notices.

The DVSA said it was pleased with the schemes compliance levels in its first year of enforcement.

The body’s enforcement officer, Gordon Macdonald, told MT: “DVSA enforcement officers will continue to routinely check the Driver CPC status of professional drivers, and we will take appropriate action against anyone who is in breach of the rules.”

The FoI covers the period from September 2014 to August 2015.