Two years on from the launch of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC), the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has highlighted that there are still concerns in the haulage industry, which is stemming uptake of the scheme.

FTA head of road freight and enforcement policy James Firth explained that the organisation has been monitoring firms’ feelings about the initiative.

Many companies are finding it difficult to come up with the budget for the training required and some cannot justify the expenditure when they know that some of the drivers they invest in might not be working for them by the time the deadline for Driver CPC comes into place in 2014.

“We have detected reluctance from within industry to invest in training their drivers when there is a good chance that by the time the deadline for Driver CPC comes around those same drivers might be working elsewhere,” Mr Firth said.

“The widely reported lack of engagement from industry with Driver CPC isn’t simply about companies burying their heads in the sand and hoping it will all go away, these are after all professional firms that by and large support the guiding principles behind Driver CPC.”

He added that the FTA expects some firms to adopt a lower risk strategy of booking training modules for closer to the deadline in an attempt to safeguard their expenditure.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has urged drivers to switch to winter tyres over the coming weeks to help avoid a rush later in the year.

Posted by Christine King