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Tougher rules coming for PCV licences

The requirement for PCV drivers to confirm their medical fitness and to renew their licences every five years will from 2013 be extended to cover drivers aged under 45. At present these rules apply only to drivers aged over 45, who also have to produce a full medical report – something which will not be needed for under-45s.

The new measures will ensure that Great Britain meets new European requirements on driver testing, training, examination and licensing which come into force in 2013.

Noel Shanahan, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, says: “We are implementing the requirements of the new directive with the least possible inconvenience to the UK bus industry who already operate to a high level of safety, with the vast majority of drivers in the industry already ensuring that they are fit to drive.

“However, we believe that this new measure will provide a useful additional reminder for drivers.”

www.dsa.gov.uk

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