Driver CPC ID changes

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Additional forms of identification are now acceptable to enable Driver CPC (DCPC) training to be added to an individual’s hours. Previously only a driving was accepted.

In a memo to trainers, the DVSA said: “We can confirm that approved Driver CPC centres should now accept additional forms of photographic ID when confirming a driver’s identity. Drivers can now provide any of the following forms of photographic ID when attending a Driver CPC training course – a driving licence; a digital tachograph card; a valid passport; or, if previously held, a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).”

James Firth, Head of Road Freight and Enforcement Policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) welcomed the news: “It is sensible to allow it to come into effect immediately – but it would have been more useful if it had been brought in five years ago as FTA has persistently asked. We requested for this at original implementation, during the Government’s 2011 Red Tape Challenge (intended to reduce burdens on industry), and asked former DSA Chief Executive Rosemary Thew in 2012 when she attended FTA’s National Road Freight Council, and again most recently in a letter to Transport Minister Stephen Hammond in 2013.”

He added: “The change will mean that some drivers who were unable to complete training because their licences were held by DVLA under medical review will now have an alternative. For the last five years drivers have been turned away from DCPC training because they did not have their licences – even though they probably had their digicards in their wallets, training providers were not allowed to accept them as ID under DVSA rules.”