In 2003 the European Union passed the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) directive. This affects all new drivers as it introduces a new initial qualification and also impacts on current professional LGV and PCV drivers.
All drivers, new and existing, will have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training.
The EU directive became effective on 10 September 2008 for the PCV sector and 10 September 2009 for the LGV sector. There is a period of grace of five years for each category, with drivers required to complete before 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Periodic Training is designed to confirm, and expand on, the existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient drivers.
It will also enable drivers to keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and benefit from training throughout their whole career.