A significant number of HGV drivers who have taken their test since September 2009 are breaking the law, as they do not have the necessary initial Driver CPC qualification, and it would also appear VOSA is turning a blind eye to enforcement.
Using figures obtained from the Driver Standards Agency under the Freedom of Information thousands of drivers are driving illegally as they have not obtained their Initial Driver CPC qualification.
Yet in the 12 months to September 2010, VOSA only issued three fixed penalty notices to drivers for failing to hold an initial Driver CPC qualification card.
From 10 September 2009, EU Directive 2003/59 requires all new entrants (drivers obtaining an HGV licence cat C1 and C), who wish to drive professionally, must have obtained the Driver CPC initial qualification.
However, the number of initial Driver CPC qualifications Buy Viagra Online attained by new drivers in the year to September 2010 was just 3,075, and there would have been roughly 50,000 people taking HGV tests in that 12-month period.
Around 10,000-15,000 would be C+E tests and the initial Driver CPC is not relevant or required, “This still leaves 35,000-40,000 tests, so less than one 10th of new entrants between September 2009 and September 2010 took the initial driver CPC.
Going by these figures It is estimated that there must be 5,000 to 10,000 new HGV drivers who are working illegally.
A VOSA spokesman said that the agency’s approach was to focus on educating drivers and ensuring that the rules are understood.
Source – Roadtransport.com