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Mechanics CPC rule to be scrapped

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A rule forcing mechanics to hold a Certificate of Professional Competence so they can drive buses is to be scrapped. Under current European legislation, anyone who drives heavy goods vehicles or buses must complete CPC training - but around 76,000 who drive them for short distances, for the purposes of delivering or repairing them, will soon be exempt.

Two exemptions will be implemented this year. The first is for mechanics and drivers delivering vehicles. It will apply where no goods or passengers are being carried, the vehicle is not being used for hire or reward, driving heavy goods vehicles or public service vehicles is not the driver’s main job and the vehicle remains within 50 kilometres of the driver’s base.

The second exemption is aimed at mechanics, and will apply to vehicles being being driven to a pre-booked test at a VOSA test station or at an authorised testing facility.

Roads minister Stephen Hammond says: “Driver training is essential to ensure that lorry and bus drivers keep their skills up to scratch and keep our roads safe.

“But making the training compulsory for those who only drive HGVs over short distances – because they are delivering them for repair or testing – is costly and time-consuming. That is why we are making these exemptions which will reduce costs and administration for businesses.”

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