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Describe Driver CPC

“Certificate of Professional Competence” for drivers of heavy-duty vehicles. To “increase the knowledge and skills of truck drivers,” according to its introduction.

Who requires a Driver CPC?

Having a CPC card is required for any HGV driver who commutes for a living.
So, driving is primarily what they do for a living. (such as a delivery driver, skip driver etc)

According to the website, if you are using the car for any of the following:

  • The driving must not be for hire, and neither can the vehicle be used to transport people or commodities.
  • The non-commercial transportation of people or products carrying supplies or tools you need for your employment, provided driving accounts for less than 30% of your total rolling monthly work.
  • Your principal occupation cannot be operating a lorry, bus, or coach, and you are only allowed to drive up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) from your base.
  • Additionally, you are only allowed to drive to and from scheduled appointments at authorized vehicle testing facilities.
  • To maintain public order and to give driving training to anyone pursuing a driver’s license or a Driver CPC
  • Be a part of rescue efforts or other emergency circumstances.

In addition, you do not need Driver CPC if the vehicle is:

  • Is being used or managed by the military, police, fire and rescue, jail service, emergency ambulance, or someone in charge of a prison or juvenile offender facility.
  • Being put through its paces for the purpose of technical development, maintenance, or repair.
  • If brand-new or newly constructed, and has not yet been taxed.
  • The maximum speed is 28 mph.

What is the consequence of having an invalid Driver CPC?

Without a Driver CPC, operating a professional vehicle could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

Have I acquired CPC Grandfather Rights?

Grandfather rights or “acquired rights” apply if you:

  • Hold a (C, C1, C+E, or C1+E) HGV license as of September 10, 2009


  • You have C1 because you obtained it before 1997 by passing the UK vehicle test. If so, you can enroll in and finish 5 CPC modules to receive your first CPC card. You only need to sign up for your modules; the rest will be taken care of without the need for examinations or exams.

Do I need to finish the Mod 2 and Mod 4 CPCs?

You only need to finish a Mod 2 and Mod 4 if you passed your HGV after September 2009 and do not have grandfather rights for cars. (passed car before 1997). You just need to schedule the Mod 2 at if you need to take the Mod 2 and Mod 4 simultaneously.

Describe ODE

Known as ODE, online driver enquiry.

You may get the ODE service registration form at

Once a driver has used the ODE service to confirm how many periodic training hours they have accrued, they can generate a temporary password, good for 21 days, to give to a third party so they can authorize access to their periodic training details.The ODE facility allows drivers to check how much of their recorded periodic training is for them.

Drivers are advised to check ODE five working days after completing periodic training to make sure their training provider successfully filed it. A driver can use the ODE service to look up the date that their subsequent Driver Qualification Card was issued. (DQC).

How long does it take to get a CPC card, and may I drive while I wait?

You can continue to drive while you wait for your CPC card to come. Delivery may take up to 21 days, according to DVSA. Set up your ODE carefully and protect your credentials in the interim. To register for your ODE, go to

Are Driver CPC Modules repeatable?

DVSA/Jaupt’s present claim is that:

“Drivers may only retake the same course once every five years, if there is a good reason for doing so, such as extending their training in handling risky items.

If they do not have a good reason, the DVSA has the ability to withdraw the course-related hours they accrued.

The driver ran the risk of losing his DQC if canceling the hours made their combined total less than 35 hours.

If my CPC Card is not from the UK, what should I do?

If a driver shows up for training with both a GB driving license and a DQC issued by another nation, the DVSA should be emailed a scanned copy of the front and back of the DQC together with the motorist’s GB driving license number and address.
This will enable the periodic training hours to be verified.

What is the turnaround time for uploading and certifying a Driver CPC?

All training providers have up to 5 working days to upload drivers CPC courses, even though we try to post within 24 hours. Please let us know if you need it uploaded straight soon, and we will do it after the session.

Can I take CPC courses at the National Driver CPC Training Center with a D license?

Possibly… Our courses are valid for D license holders if you have grandfather rights, a second C license, or both. (C1). If you do not have any C licenses, our courses are invalid for you.

I operate a cab and have a D1 license, which enables me to transport passengers in a minibus. Should I take the Driver CPC exam?

Yes. All drivers who transport goods or people for pay are subject to the Driver CPC. This applies to Cat D1 cars with 9–16 seats and an 80 km/h peak speed. (50 mph). You will not need to complete the first qualification for new drivers if you already hold a valid license on the implementation date (10 September 2008), but you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training.

How may a manual entry mistake be fixed on a digital tachograph?

Your digital tachograph manual entries cannot be changed once they have been verified.

How do I get my digital smart card (driver's license or business)?

Application forms are available through the DVLA, DVLA Local Offices, and DVSA Testing Stations. Send the completed form, payment, and any further papers, if any, to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ST.

Download a form to apply for a driver’s card here.

Download a form to apply for a company card here.

We have included a guide with instructions to make it easier to fill out the application form.

For additional information, visit the DVLA Digital Tachograph webpages.

How often must my Digital Tachograph Driver Card and Vehicle Unit be downloaded?

Your Digital Tachograph Driver Card should be downloaded at least once every 28 days, and the Vehicle Unit should be downloaded at least once every 56 days.

Exactly why can not I enter my "start duty" in local time?

Every digital tachograph entry must be made in UTC time, which is local time in the winter and minus one hour in the summer.

Why are "drive" and "work" the only entries on my driver card?

Using the mode switch is considerably more crucial and required on a digital tachograph than it is on an analog one. Your card will always record “drive” when you are driving and “work” when you are stopped unless you adjust the mode switch to “Break” or “POA”.

The offense of "card insertion while driving" is routinely listed in my daily printouts and driver card analysis report. I usually put my card before I drive, so why does it show this violation?

The vehicle unit may need more than a minute to process your card when you input it. If you drive before all processing has taken place, you will be charged with this violation.

How often should I clean the tachograph scanner's paper feed rollers?

Once each week, or whenever 2,000 sheets or more are fed into the machine, whichever comes first, the paper feed rollers should be cleaned. In a location where NCR paper is utilized, it is advised that the paper feed rollers be cleaned every day. Chemicals used in non-carbon reproduction paper (NCR) and other treated sheets cause the rollers to deteriorate more quickly than is normal. This indicates that the rollers must be replaced considerably more quickly than anticipated. The paper feed rollers will survive longer in this demanding environment if they are cleaned daily with isopropyl alcohol.

Where can I find out more information on digital tachographs?

You can find the answer to this question and many others by emailing or calling 01375 353354.