To become a lorry driver, you must be over 18 and have a full driving licence for a car. You will also need to obtain your professional driving qualification, or CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence).
The training and qualifications lorry drivers need
If they wish to obtain their CPC, lorry drivers must undergo four tests to get the certificate:
- CPC theory test
The CPC theory test consists of two parts, multi-choice questions and hazard perception. Obviously, relevant training is required to ensure pass marks are achieved.
- CPC cases studies test
Here, drivers are presented with and asked to answer six to eight multiple-choice questions on seven real working life case studies. This also requires suitable training.
- CPC driving ability test
Tested on practical road driving, drivers must also perform off-road exercises and answer vehicle safety questions. Relevant training in all aspects of driving, vehicle handling and safety is necessary.
- CPC practical demonstration test
In this test, drivers must demonstrate their ability to:
- Load a vehicle in accordance with safety rules/procedures
- Keep a vehicle secure
- Assess and deal with emergency situations
- Do a vehicle safety check (walk-around)
Drivers will also have to show that they can stop/prevent illegal immigrant trafficking. This test necessitates training in:
- Safety and manual handling procedures
- Performing walk-around safety checks
- Correctly assessing and dealing with emergencies
To keep on driving professionally, drivers must also undergo 35 hours’ worth of CPC driver training and, if aged over 45, renew their licence every five years.
Importance of training
The training and qualifications lorry drivers need are important for several reasons. Firstly, knowing how to operate/drive a lorry safely, understanding possible hazards and knowing how to assess and handle emergencies helps to prevents accidents on the road, as will knowing how to perform a vehicle safety check.
Secondly, training in safety and manual handling procedures prevents manual handling accidents, slips, trips and falls, etc. Finally, the importance of preventing/stopping human trafficking is self-evident.
Even with all the training and qualifications lorry drivers need, lorry accidents can happen. If you were injured by a vehicle or work accident caused by another person, you could be entitled to injury compensation. Call us, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (from your mobile) to learn more and get your claim started today. You can also take our 30-second online test to determine your claim’s eligibility.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice