Since its introduction in 2009 the Driver CPC requirement has divided opinion among professional drivers and transport operators. However, despite the initial influx of negative comments it would seem as though the legislation is here to stay even despite Brexit, as well as this there have been signs that opinions are changing about the benefits of this training among drivers.
Recently, the RTITB went out to complete some research asking over 800 drivers what they thought of the Driver CPC requirement. The results of this research showed that 74% of the drivers questioned believed that the Driver CPC legislation has not had a negative impact on the industry, which demonstrates drivers are beginning to change their opinion on training courses. Although 24% of drivers admitted the Driver CPC legislation may force them out of the industry it is clear significant progress has been made, over a third of those questioned felt Driver CPC has been a good thing for the industry.
This can be partly attributed to the new innovative courses that are being created which add real value to the Driver CPC training drivers complete towards the requirement. Instead of continually attending similar classroom-based modules which have no relevance to their everyday working life, tailoring courses so they directly relate to drivers everyday working life and situations they encounter makes training much more valuable and enjoyable. Some examples of this are Safe Urban Driving and Driver Risk Assessment training, both of these courses have practical content for drivers to complete rather than sitting in a classroom for 7 hours. The Safe Urban Driving training course incorporates theory and practical content for 3.5 hours each, it has opened a whole new possibility for the future of Driver CPC training and innovative driver training modules.
If we can continue to learn from the success stories of recent years and adapt the Driver CPC legislation based on driver feedback there is no reason why these figures should not improve further. However, if we do not act and continue to innovate new courses with engaging content drivers may once again lose interest in the Driver CPC requirement. Encouraging high standards of professional driving and increasing road safety will always be vital, therefore continually recognising the most prominent road risks and how to minimise them is paramount for all road users not just the Driver CPC legislation.