Current News

During the current pandemic although our standard vocational driver training courses are unavailable due to the suspension of driving tests by the DVSA we are still able to offer the following:

MODULE 4 – CPC Practical Training

We can provide the training and test for Module 4 CPC at our Kirkby in Ashfield Offices (Must have already passed Module 2 case studies)

Please ring 07887 894 134 to book

DVSA NOTIFICATIONS

Jun 2020

Theory tests suspended until 21st June 2020  Click here to Book Theory test

Renewing a photocard driving licence

To make it easier for drivers who need to update their photocard licence with a new photograph at the end of the 10 years validity, photocard driving licences that expire between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 will be automatically extended for a period of 7 months from the date of expiry.

If your photocard expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 you do not need to take any action as the extension will be automatic. You will be sent a renewal reminder before your 7 month extension ends. If you have already applied online to renew your photocard this will be processed as normal. If you have already sent a paper application to renew your photocard there will be delays in processing but the 7 month extension will apply in the meantime.

This temporary extension applies to the photocard expiry date. This is separate to entitlement to drive. If your entitlement to drive is due to expire, you will need to renew this entitlement in the normal way by making an application to continue driving. It is illegal to drive without a valid licence.

May 2020

Theory tests suspended until 31st May 2020  Click here to Book Theory test

Practical tests suspended for up to three months from 20th March 2020 – emergency worker tests only

April 2020

 Coronavirus: Driver CPC requirement temporary changes:

Temporary changes to allow bus and lorry drivers who cannot complete compulsory Driver CPC training to continue to drive.

Click here for Gov.uk – Driver CPC temporary advice

Most professional lorry and bus drivers must complete 35 hours periodic training every 5 years to maintain a Driver CPC card (sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’).

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak it may be difficult for drivers to complete the required training.

The Department for Transport has therefore put in place temporary changes in professional driver qualification requirements

This means that drivers whose Driver CPC card expires in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving.

In addition military drivers (who have different training) will be allowed to drive in civilian situations during that period.

Enforcement Arrangements – Drivers will not be subject to enforcement action by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in respect of the Driver CPC regulations. We have informed police forces of this position.

If you are stopped by an enforcement officer they can check to see that you have previously recently held a Driver CPC or are in the military (including reservists acting under instruction).

Drivers should carry their expired Driver CPC card if they have it.

The drivers that this measure applies to will be required to comply with Driver CPC rules from 1 October 2020.

These changes apply to Great Britain. Arrangements in Northern Ireland are devolved.

For international road transport drivers should have a Driver CPC, unless the type of transport is exempt from the requirements.

The end date will be kept under review. The proposed schedule includes a substantial period to recover missed training, whose duration will need further assessment.

Road transport operators will need to check insurance validity, but should not expect any significant change in premiums.

Never held a Driver CPC or Driver CPC expired before 1 March 2020

We are considering options for drivers with the HGV or PCV entitlements who have never held a Driver CPC and who want to start driving professionally.