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J17 News & Updates

This is the J17 updates page where you will find our latest online CPC course dates, major changes in highway legislation and any other news and updates that relate to us, the driving industry and training within it.

Are your drivers up to date with their Driver CPC?

The deadline for many professional drivers to complete their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training is 9 September 2024.

To make sure your drivers can find training in time, we are asking operators to encourage drivers whose Driver CPC runs out this September to check that they have completed 35 hours well before the 9 September deadline.

Why is demand so high for training every 5 years?

2024 is the 15-year anniversary of Driver CPC for lorry drivers. When it was first introduced all lorry drivers had to get their driver qualification card by September 9, 2014.

This means that many current cards will run out at the same time. So, every 5 years there are lots of drivers trying to complete their 35 hours of training at the same time.

Data shows that lots of drivers leave their training until the last 6 months. In 2019, there were, on average, 5 times more training hours done a month compared to the same time in the previous year

What happens if your drivers miss their training deadline

They cannot drive professionally until they finish their training, and they could be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without having a Driver CPC.

All the details for drivers about what to do if they miss their training deadline is available on GOV.UK.

Checking your drivers’ training

Drivers can check the numbers of hours they have done towards their Driver CPC and see what the deadline is to complete it by. Drivers can share this information with operators, but we are not able to give you direct access as the information is owned by the driver.

You can find out more about Driver CPC training on GOV.UK.

See below for our upcoming online DCPC course dates, or call us on
01270 875891
to discuss your DCPC needs.
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Upcoming Online CPC courses

Our upcoming online DCPC courses are:

  • 11th, 18th & 24th June 2024.

  • 29th, 30th & 31st July 2024.

 

All our online courses start at 8am.

WE ALSO OFFER CLASSROOM BASED COURSES IN CHESHIRE & SHROPSHIRE -  contact us to see what dates we have available.

New Regulations for LSTs (Longer Semi-trailers)

LSTs have been brought into general use after an extensive trial, public consultation and regulatory changes. As a new vehicle type, LSTs have specific regulations to abide by.

Here at Junction 17 we can help you navigate the new regulations and offer services to get your administration side up to date and compliant.

Update on Driver CPC reforms

The regulations have been laid in parliament for the planned reforms to Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

The recommendations were made following a consultation with the vocational driving industry, you can read more details about the recommended reforms on GOV.UK.

The reforms included in the regulations being laid include:

  • introducing a National Driver CPC that will cover driving a lorry, bus or coach in the UK

  • allowing training courses to be done in blocks of 3.5 hours rather than the current 7 hours to allow greater flexibility

  • decoupling e-learning from trainer led courses

The changes are due to come into force later this year but the date cannot be confirmed until Parliamentary approval has been granted. We will keep you up to date on progress.

Periodic test and making it easier to return to driving

As part of the Driver CPC reform consultation, the government also asked about:

  • speeding up the process for drivers whose Driver CPC has run out to return to driving a lorry of bus coach in the UK. This work is still ongoing; these changes aim to be introduced in 2025.

  • Introducing a periodic test as an alternative to the Driver CPC for drivers wanting to do the National Driver CPC - a further consultation will be run on this proposal which is being considered by DfT 

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Changes to the code of practice for enforcement weighing of vehicles

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