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Multi-million pound bill for Driver CPC THE DRIVER CPC has

1st August 2013, Page 4
1st August 2013
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Page 4, 1st August 2013 — Multi-million pound bill for Driver CPC THE DRIVER CPC has
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generated more than £30m in revenue for the DSA since the process started in 2008, with the figure expected to rise as the rush to meet the September 2014 deadline gathers pace.

According to documents seen by CM, obtained by HGV LGV Training via a Freedom of Information request, the DSA has raised a total of £30.1m via upload fees, centre approvals, course approvals and re-approvals since training delivery began in the financial year 2008/09.

This total included £18.7m of upload fees, which are charged at £1.25 per driver, per hour of training completed, and £5.5m spent by training firms on course content and training centre approvals. Sean Pargeter, owner of HGV LGV Training, said of the figures: "More than £18m has been generated by upload fees alone.

"Does it really cost that much [to record training details]?"

In the 2012/13 financial year alone, the DSA raised revenues of £9.4m. It has risen every year since its inception, from £1.1m in 2008/09 to £3.7m in 2009/10 and £5.7m in 2010/11.

Pargeter said he believed that with the deadline approaching, and £3m in revenues generated in this financial year alone, the total revenue for the first five years of Driver CPC training delivery had the potential to top £45m.

"This is paying for itself, and then some," he insisted.

The DSA was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

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