Mercedes-Benz is urging drivers to double check whether they are susceptible to the new Driver CPC legislation, voicing concerns that many drivers who need a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) to operate legally are unaware that they do so.
The company warned that much of the Driver CPC publicity in the lead up to the deadline on 10th September focussed on truck drivers exclusively, and failed to acknowledge that some van drivers are also subject to the regulations.
The above 3.5 tonne limit requirement for Driver CPC figure easily encompasses trucks, but Mercedes revealed that over 4,400 vans weighing 3.5 tonnes were purchased in the UK last year; even if they were running empty drivers would need to have completed their 35 hours of CPC training.
Steve Bridge, Mercedes-Benz Vans managing director, said: “It is vital that the UK van market is fully aware of the legislation. If drivers of vans over 3.5 tonnes are yet to complete, or even start their CPC training, before they drive their vehicle again they must ensure they have undertaken the 35 hours of learning.
“You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC, and as it would mean that technically you hold an incorrect licence, your insurance could also be void.”
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