Operators and drivers dragging heels over CPC
Driver Hire’s survey was conducted over three days at the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show. The mix of people interviewed was evenly split between transport operators, drivers and other people involved in the road transport and logistics industry.
According to the survey, nearly two thirds of respondents are showing reluctance to embark on the CPC training. Reasons behind the delay could be the additional burden of cost – particularly when transport operators are contending with fuel prices at an all time high – or a heavy workload, which is making it difficult for operators and drivers to find the time to start the training. This latter point was confirmed by another of the survey findings; that flexibility is a key determining factor for many operators when selecting a training partner.
In response, Richard Armitage, Driver Hire’s head of training, commented: 'Accessing training shouldn’t be a problem. There are plenty of training companies offering DCPC training. But do shop around as the quality and relevance of courses vary widely. Alternatively you can contact us. Driver Hire offers the UK’s largest nationwide fully JAUPT accredited DCPC training network. What’s more, our unique system of training credits means that regular Driver Hire customers may be able to access the training for free.'
He added: 'Starting now makes sense for a number of reasons. A last-minute rush could lead to a shortage of available training and a consequent increase in costs. Perhaps more importantly, CPC training modules improve skills – fuel-efficient driving for example – so there are immediate benefits for drivers and for operators, who will have a more skilled workforce.'