Following discussions between CPT and logistic industry trade bodies The Department for Transport is putting in place temporary exemptions to professional driver qualification requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes mean that drivers whose DQC expires in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020 can continue driving even if they have not completed the necessary 35 hours periodic training.
In addition military drivers who do not need a DCPC will be allowed to drive in non-military situations during this period.
Drivers will not be subject to enforcement action by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in respect of the DCPC regulations.
National police forces are also aware of this.
Drivers should continue to carry their expired DQC.
From 1st October 2020 drivers will no longer benefit from this exemption, and from that date must have completed their periodic training.
Drivers who drive in the EU during this period will require a valid DQC.