Lorry drivers warned to complete training or pay penalty

Drivers of 7.5-tonne lorries must complete Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training by 10 September or face a fine.

The Driving Standards Agency warned that fines of up to £1,000 will be imposed if training is not completed in time. The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has also reminded operators to be aware of their drivers' training hours and deadlines to avoid penalties.

New drivers who drive for a living had to start taking the initial qualification from 2009, when Driver CPC was introduced for lorry drivers. Existing drivers were given "acquired rights", which took their previous experience into account.

To stay within the rules, all drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years. The deadline for lorry drivers with acquired rights has been set as 10 September.

Courses can cost £400. Shelley Common Nurseries owner John Middleton said courses are filling up because of the deadline.

- For details, see www.gov.uk/government/news/ dsa-warns-on-driver-cpc-training-deadlines.

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