What happens if I don’t complete my 35 hours of training?
If you don’t complete your required 35 hours of periodic training for the Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) in the UK, there are several significant consequences:
Invalid Driver CPC: Without completing the training, your Driver CPC becomes invalid. This means you cannot legally drive a lorry, bus, or coach professionally.
Legal Implications: Driving professionally without a valid Driver CPC is illegal. If caught, you could face legal action, including fines.
Employment Impact: Your employment could be at risk if you are unable to drive legally due to the lack of a valid Driver CPC.
No “Grace Period”: There is no grace period once your CPC expires. From the day after your CPC expires, you’re not legally allowed to drive a heavy goods vehicle or passenger-carrying vehicle professionally until you complete the training.
Completion of Overdue Training: To regain your Driver CPC, you will need to complete the full 35 hours of periodic training. In some cases, you may also need to pass the Driver CPC part 2 and part 4 tests again.
Additional Costs and Time: Delaying or failing to complete your training not only risks legal and employment issues but can also lead to additional costs and time spent arranging last-minute or expedited training sessions.
To avoid these consequences, it’s important to plan and complete your periodic training well within the five-year deadline. Regularly checking your training hours and planning ahead can help ensure that you remain compliant with the Driver CPC requirements.
Start your HGV or Lift Truck training journey with us. From car to Class 1, Class 2 to Class 1 or if you’re looking for CPC training – we’ve got you covered. Get your Driver certificate of Professional Competence with us to help meet your legal obligations.