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 UK HGV driver community.

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 (CPC) is a statuary qualification needed by anyone who drive a larger vehicle professionally, such as a bus, coach or HGV. To maintain the CPC qualification, 35 hours of training must be completed every five years, something that can now be achieved directly through Pall-Ex.

It was in 2009 to help improve road safety and driving standards, 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.

Pall-Ex is offering the nationally recognised RTITB-approved course, which is 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.

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 are qualified and can legally drive on the UK’s Road network.”

The course comprises two modules which can be completed over eight hours in one day. All sessions are held on a Saturday so not to disrupt working patterns. Those attending the course need to provide a photocard driving licence; a valid passport; digital tachograph card or a Driver CPC card.

Each driver will receive a certificate of attendance upon completing the course, and there are no exams or tests during the session. All paperwork is completed by Pall-Ex, who will add the training session to each attendee’s Driver CPC training record within a few days of attending the course.

Some courses have already commenced, with slots for the remainder filling up fast. Commenting on its initial success Joe Murfitt said: “There is a real appetite amongst our members for CPC training as they trust Pall-Ex’s expertise and have welcomed the opportunity to upskill at their own depot.”

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