Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Qualifications

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 22 November 2016.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training approved Safe Urban Driving module a mandatory part of the lorry driver's Certificate of Professional Competence training.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The UK’s Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) scheme was developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in conjunction with representatives from the freight and logistics sectors to provide flexibility so that drivers and their employers could create training regimes relevant to their own requirements.

DVSA agrees that courses which raise awareness of vulnerable road users have an important part to play in improving UK road safety. It has taken steps to promote these courses for all professional drivers and not just drivers of lorries. DVSA has promoted this subject matter as best practice to encourage uptake amongst drivers who regularly work in an urban environment.

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