Driver CPC is a Certificate in Professional Competence for professional bus and truck drivers. The purpose of the Driver CPC training is to keep drivers up to date on safety issues relating to vehicles, safe driving, environmentally friendly driving, assessments of risk, health and safety and vehicle technical developments.
QUALIFICATION CRITERIA FOR BUS AND TRUCK DRIVER CPC
A person holding a valid full licence in the bus licence category on or before 9th September 2008 is automatically entitled to the CPC (acquired rights).
A person who qualifies for a bus licence on or after 10th September 2008 must pass an Initial CPC theory test and a CPC driving test, as well as the existing theory test and driving test.
A person holding a valid full licence in the truck licence category on or before 9th September 2009 is automatically entitled to the CPC (acquired rights).
A person who qualifies for a truck licence on or after 9th September 2009 must pass an Initial CPC theory test and a CPC driving test, as well as the existing theory test and driving test.
A training programme of 35 hours must be completed in the following five years in order to retain the CPC. This will consist of a one day training session in each of the five years.
It will be an offence to drive a bus or truck if you do not hold a valid Driver CPC and you will be subject to a fixed penalty if you drive a bus or truck without it. The amount of any fines or penalty points will be determined before the Driver CPC comes into force.
As with all laws in Ireland, the Gardaí enforce the regulations with assistance from the Vehicle Standards Inspectorate of the RSA.