With just under two and a half years to go before the next Driver CPC renewal date, expert transport training company Novadata will be helping drivers to avoid leaving Driver CPC training to the last minute at this year’s CV Show. The signs are, at present, that this is what many companies are doing, the company says. At the CV Show 2017, Novadata will be helping LGV owners and drivers to plan ahead and ensure that they stay legal and compliant on the road after the next looming deadline in September 2019.
“It may sound a long way off but, in reality, there’s not much time to spare to make your training meaningful and applicable to every day driving,” says Chairman Derek Broomfield. “There seems to be a huge divide between those organisations who are proactively planning their compliance with ongoing Driver CPC training and those who still seem to be hoping that it will go away before the next deadline in September 2019. It won’t.”
After the deadline in 2014, many drivers were left scrambling to find places on training courses and some were effectively off the road for several weeks, simply because they had not planned in advance. This also meant that they had little choice over their courses and some even repeated the same course in an effort to make up the 35 hours of required attendance at Driver CPC training. This last-minute rush is also viewed poorly by the UK’s Traffic Commissioners, who have made it very clear that they now expect to see Driver CPC training as a regular part of a professional LGV driver’s continuous professional development.
“By planning well ahead you can also use Driver CPC to update your First Aid training or other specialist requirement such as ADR initial or refresher training, so it’s good business practice to plan well and make it count,” adds Derek Broomfield.
At 2017’s CV Show, Novadata will also by offering its market leading products which aid compliance, such as its range vehicle defect and report books, ADR specialist equipment and digital tachograph download devices. The company is also the UK’s foremost provider of tachograph analysis for both digital and analogue tachograph users.
Novadata has one of the UK’s best reputations for Management CPC training, with an exceptionally high pass rate for its candidates. Novadata also offers expert ADR and DGSA training. It has its own OCR approved examination centre and therefore fulfils the criteria for Operator Licence Awareness Training courses as recommended by Traffic Commissioners.
All Novadata Driver CPC courses are JAUPT approved; most are held at Novadata’s own training centre, but Novadata will also run courses at customers’ own premises for groups of drivers.