Leading freight distributor Pall-Ex Group is helping to improve road safety by being the first network to offer in-house CPC training to its members, and wider body of UK HGV drivers.
The industry-first initiative has been made possible by the award-winning group providing CPC training to one of its established driver instructors, who is now qualified to deliver the mandatory training remotely and across the country.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC for short, is a statutory qualification needed by anyone who drives a larger vehicle professionally, such as a bus, coach or HGV. To maintain the CPC qualification, 35 hours of periodic training must be completed every five years, something that can now be achieved directly through Pall-Ex.
The Driver CPC qualification was introduced in 2009 to help improve road safety and driving standards, delivered through modules covering legal requirements for drivers and health and safety elements. All those with a Category C or D licence are required to complete the training, with fines of up to £1000 for those who drive without it or do not renew their training.
Pall-Ex is offering the leading, nationally recognised RTITB approved course, which is either delivered at its central Leicestershire base, or remotely for groups of up to 16 people. It is managed by a fully qualified trainer from Pall-Ex with 25 years of driver training experience and will be tailored to the exact requirements of each depot or group of drivers attending.
Joe Murfitt, Pall-Ex’s Central Hub Manager is organising the training. He commented: “Road safety is paramount to all commercial drivers and Pall-Ex is committed to helping keep standards high. By offering this training we are ensuring that commercial drivers in the Leicestershire area, and nationally, are qualified and therefore can legally drive on the UK’s road network.”