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DSA denies CPC shortfall

12th July 2012, Page 4
12th July 2012
Page 4
Page 4, 12th July 2012 — DSA denies CPC shortfall
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THE HEAD OF post test operations at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has dismissed increasing evidence that too few drivers are undertaking Driver CPC training ahead of the September 2014 deadline.

Speaking last month at the Road Haulage Association National Training Conference, Guy Chamberlain said about 9.3 million training hours had been logged, with the DSA expecting this to reach 12 million by the end of the year.

He dismissed suggestions from delegates that many older drivers would choose to retire rather than complete their mandatory 35 hours of training, creating a skills shortage. “We are not far off the target to meet the training requirement.” Research from Skills for Logistics (CM 17 July) suggests there is already a shortfall of 1.7 million Driver CPC hours and a recent poll of 1,000 drivers by recruitment agency ADR found 63% had not started their CPC training.

• See p28 for more on Driver CPC.

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